This letter is in response to Ms. April Moore’s Reader Commentary of April 29 titled “What is the wise path on marijuana?” As your readers are aware, Ms. Moore is running for state Senate in the 26th District.

She states on her campaign website “I (Ms. Moore) also spent years teaching elementary school.” With this in mind, I find it somewhat disturbing that in her commentary she states: “So if alcohol is legal, there’s no justification for making the less destructive drug, marijuana, illegal.”

As the National Institute of Drug Abuse states: “Some research suggests that marijuana use is likely to precede use of other licit and illicit substances and the development of addiction to other substances.” The study found that adults who used marijuana were more likely than adults who did not use marijuana to develop an alcohol use disorder within three years; people who used marijuana and already had an alcohol use disorder at the outset were at greater risk of their alcohol use disorder worsening.

As both an educator and grandfather of 10 grandchildren, I would not want the legalization of marijuana to be sanctioned by an elementary classroom by a fellow teacher.

On her campaign website, Ms. Moore states she will fight for “An End to the Opioid Crisis.” I support this as well and commend her for her position, but believe her support for legalizing marijuana is in direct conflict with this plank of her platform.

Lastly, as Ms. Moore is a declared candidate for state Senate, I recommend she utilize paid political advertisements versus “Reader Commentaries” to outline in detail her plan to resolve many of the difficult issues in the valley that Democrats, Republicans, and independents face on a day-to-day basis. This would be a much more efficient use of dedicated space in your paper and allow us to know the candidate before we cast our crucial vote in November.

James Poplar, Quicksburg