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Letter: Poor arguments on marijuana

Re “Group: Recreational pot a ‘nightmare’ ” (Monitor Local & State section, Jan. 31):

Patrick Kennedy is out of touch with reality. He said, “I’m against legalization because I don’t want to see a for-profit industry whose only motive is to get more customers.”

Well, Mr. Kennedy, exactly what is the liquor industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the tobacco industry or any other industry in it for? To help people? Do you think the people of New Hampshire are that stupid?

You quote a survey that only tells us what we already know. After all these years of a failed “war on drugs” and all of the lives lost and destroyed because of it, not to mention the billions of our tax dollars, teenagers are still smoking pot.

You also mention “state-funded” treatment. Why don’t you call it what it really is? Court-ordered. When people are faced with jail or rehab, what do you think they are going to choose? And to Chuck Rosa, I am very sorry for your loss. I do have a question for you though. Did your sons die from a cannabis overdose? And if it troubles you so much to think we’d compromise the well-being of our youth to make a few bucks, why don’t you focus on the drugs that actually kill people, and the system that allows (and rewards) it?

I am sick of the hypocrisy. Criminalize a plant that has never killed anybody, while at the same time tolerating the very things that kill our people. I’m not buying into the lies anymore. Do some research and find out what the cannabis plant really is before you demonize it.

KENNY COFFIN

Wilmot

Legacy Comments3

More Fad knee jerk legislating from the liberal progressive democrats. There is NO Crisis that makes this a "MUST" legislate today issue. The progressive liberal democrats controlling the public schools have already produced generations of lemmings now they want to finish off America with drugs for all.

Kenny, have you never seen the movie "Reefer Madness", that tells the whole story.

Define “the whole story.” HERE is “the rest of the story” (quoting Wikipedia:) “Reefer Madness ... is a 1936-1939 American PROPAGANDA EXPLOITATION FILM revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana -- from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness. ... Originally financed by a church group under the title Tell Your Children, the film was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use. However, soon after the film was shot, it was ... re-cut ... for distribution on the EXPLOITATION FILM circuit beginning in 1938/39 through the 40s and 50s. ... The film was ‘rediscovered’ in the early 1970s and gained new life as SATIRE among ADVOCATES OF CANNABIS POLICY REFORM. Although finding a popular audience as a cult film, critics have panned it as A ‘WORST’ FILM.” (Emphasis added.)

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