Arresting adults for possessing marijuana is as ridiculous as arresting adults for possessing alcohol [Nick Schou's "Prophet of Pot?" April 15]! Instead of protecting kids from marijuana, the federal marijuana prohibition empowers local drug dealers and the Mexican drug cartels by preventing any form of legal competition to their activities. These laws create an environment of zero legal supply amidst massive and unrelenting demand, which effectively makes our children LESS safe.
The prohibition costs taxpayers $40 billion per year, generates 700,000 marijuana-related arrests every year, diverts $10 billion to the Mexican drug cartels each year, has caused the deaths of more than 35,000 people in Mexico over just the past four years, and lures drug dealers into our neighborhoods to sell their stinking weed to our children.
We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales—to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children! Marijuana should be legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.
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I don't know Mr. Smith personally, but I happened to be a guest at the Orange County Americans for Safe Access (ASA) meeting the night he tried to take over (mentioned in this article). I have never seen such outrageous and unprofessional behavior in a public forum in my life. I witnessed Mr. Smith yelling and screaming threats to ASA members; as an outsider not knowing what I was walking into, it was frightening. No group can operate effectively with such a divisive force in its midst. I have since gone back and become a member of both OC ASA and NORML. While they may have different focuses, their goals are far from mutually exclusive. Having both meetings is a time-saver for many members who do belong to and attend both. The meetings go far smoother and accomplish far more now.
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As someone who lived in southern Humboldt County for quite a while and was [friendly] with a few multigenerational marijuana-growing families there, Smith's quotes about Train Wreck seem somewhat spurious. I don't doubt some people may try to pass off brick weed as Train Wreck, but I know a thing or two, and one thing is for sure: A pure Train Wreck strain is FAR from marginal. Regardless, I get what he's saying. The marketing side of it all is often silly and unfounded, in regards to names, edibles, etc. Also, maybe I've had luck with all the collectives I've visited, but I've never seen a dispensary try to hide the fact that the kief/hash is made from the same weed that's up on the shelf. In fact, it's quite the opposite. He comes off as quite the salesman in that part of the story, disparaging other collectives as crap, while his is the real deal. But hey! He went to USC and law school. . . . People with such educational backgrounds are never found to be guilty of lying or self-aggrandizement, right?
Still, this was a very interesting and fun read. Nick Schou knocks it out of the park, as per usual.
MayhemInTheHood, via ocweekly.com
Now I know why televangelists are conservative Republicans [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Glass House of God," April 15].
David L. Miller, via ocweekly.com
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