G. True Nelson: Former Deputy Sheriff, Military Officer, FBI Special Agent, and Security Consultant / Private Investigator. He currently resides in the Portland, Oregon Metro area. He is a writer on crime and judicial process; as well as discussing his personal observations on American culture and social mores.
In the discussion of legalized marijuana, I want to set
aside the medical uses. I do think that
the medical use of marijuana has some merit for certain conditions. However, I think the whole process lacks
proper controls; and is, as a result, out of control. However, that’s not the topic of the day.
Regarding legalized marijuana for recreational use, I think
it’s a bad idea. I know many of you
disagree. I’m not going to influence,
with my opinion, any of the stoners or potheads; or, for that matter, the
government legislators ready to rake in additional tax money. Nor do I feel that I could, under any circumstances,
influence the pseudointellectuals who seem to feel that the time has
come to legalize pot.
Nonetheless, I do
hope that somehow I can touch a nerve with the many responsible parents and
grandparents; and that they, in turn, will recognize that legalized marijuana, in
its many forms, is not something society needs.
First, regarding the Levy Thamba Pongi situation, one might
say that he was an adult and responsible for his own early death at age 19. I, on the other hand, think that the person
or persons (age 21) who purchased the marijuana-laced cookies and other paraphernalia
for Pongi’s consumption should be prosecuted for criminal negligence.
More importantly and generally speaking, I believe that
responsible adults ought to spend some time thinking about possible
consequences. We will, undoubtedly, be
voting on the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon's near future.
If marijuana is legalized, young people and children will
have access and consume marijuana products either on purpose, by accident, or
furnished them under false pretenses. Then
what? Are we not as parents and
grandparents responsible for what happens to our children and grandchildren? If not us, then who? Law enforcement? The school?
Don’t attempt to rationalize this, or intellectualize
it. It’s simple and it’s up to us.
Is it not true that (Biblical): They that sow the wind, shall reap the
whirlwind. or if you prefer... Is it not true that (modernized version): They that make bad decisions should expect to suffer the consequences.