Editor, Times-Union:
Genesis 1:29 - “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth ...’”
Lonnie, of all the points against marijuana you attempted to make the only one that held any logic was the comparison to alcohol. And even that one was weak, at best. Surely, you’ve heard about the Prohibition Era. When the federal government banned alcohol not only did it not stop people from drinking, but it also led to bootlegging. And the “cartels” of the bootleggers of that time would’ve been the mafias. So you could say that the laws passed by the government created the criminals, or at least added lots of fuel to an already raging fire.
Fast forward to present day and ask yourself, “Are the mobs ‘rubbing out’ our breweries?” Sure, some of the mafia families probably own a few liquor stores, but that’s perfectly legal as well as beneficial to the economy. Fact is legalization would not only boost tax revenues that could be used to chip away at our national debt and also add to funds for military personnel who have been taking an undeserved hit on their pay and benefits (or any one of the several federally funded groups taking a hit at the moment) but it would also cut back on what we’re spending to lock up the “criminals” convicted for these, often minor, drug offenses. The long and short of it: It would create revenue and decrease spending. And it doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to see that neither of those things are bad for an economy.
As far as takeovers, stoned zombies, and Russia’s odd-ball monetary system goes I’ll simply leave your foot in your mouth on those topics.
My advice to you is simple: Stop relying on memes from the Internet and rants from friends and co-workers for your information.
Now, let’s touch on the medicinal uses. And I’m not talking about the “smoke some pot to quickly relieve your ailments” kind of medicinal use. I’m talking about the studies that show the cannabinoids playing a part in the treatment and curing of cancer and other diseases. The information is out there, and it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore.
It may be a good idea to educate yourself on a topic before writing any more open letters to the paper about it. Prayer may be good for the mind, but logic is what will ultimately lead to our progression as a country.
As a sidenote, a quick Google search of the separation of church and state might not hurt either, or the freedom of religion our founding fathers boasted to attract people from all walks of life to our country.
Tyler Walley
Rochester, via e-mail