Legalization of marijuana up next on the liberal agenda

February 20, 2014
Charles Biggs

It’s coming, folks.

Liberals and libertarians across the country want to legalize or decriminalize recreational use of marijuana.

Let me say that I have never had any marijuana and I have never smoked it. I have only seen it a handful of times in my life. I don’t drink alcohol, either, even though decades ago I tried it a few times.

Recreational use of marijuana is legal in Washington and Colorado. Medical use of marijuana is legal in Montana, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

It is illegal in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, liberal Democrat Senator Connie Johnson introduced a bill which would legalize marijuana in Oklahoma.  Senate Bill 2116 would make the personal use, possession, and limited home-cultivation of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older, and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

Here are the arguments for pot.

• Pot is no worse than alcohol. America tried to ban alcohol through Prohibition and it didn’t work.

• The War on Drugs has failed. If you legalize marijuana, the jails would empty because you could buy marijuana cigarettes in convenience stores.

• Marijuana is a valuable pain killer for people with certain chronic medical problems.

• Pot laws disproportionately target minority populations. Thirty times more minorities are arrested for pot possession in Oklahoma County than whites.

• Regulating and taxing marijuana would be a boon for state coffers.

There are elements of truth in those arguments but they don’t nearly tell the whole story.

• There is no doubt that drinking too much alcohol can kill you.  President Obama said, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

But marijuana impairs memory. Studies reported on www.livescience.com show that those who have used a lot of marijuana have worse memories and “don’t think as quickly.” The findings are “stark.” One memory test showed that those who had not smoked pot had an impaired performance of 8 percent while long-term marijuana smokers had 70 percent impairment.

In other words, you can get drunk on alcohol but pot can limit your memory. I personally wouldn’t advocate drinking alcohol or smoking pot.

The jails would not empty if drugs – including prescription drugs – were legalized because criminals would find other illegal activities.

Talk to a police officer or a prosecutor. On a regular basis, they enter homes where parents on pot zone out and neglect to properly care for children. These parents might actually love their children but they are impaired by pot and nothing else matters but getting high. It’s an epidemic in our culture.

And there are studies that show marijuana is a gateway drug for heroin, meth, cocaine and other illegal drugs. (Some might argue that beer is a “gateway drug” to hard liquor.)

There are other painkillers that are just as effective as marijuana. And in terms of overall health, smoking marijuana cigarettes increases the chances of getting cancer a lot more than smoking tobacco.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 3.1 million Americans age 12 or older use marijuana on a almost daily basis. A Harvard Medical School study in 2003 discovered lasting memory impairment in people who started smoking marijuana before age 17 while their brains were still forming.

Another study showed high blood flow velocity in marijuana users even a month after they stopped smoking.

And to the issue of taxation, these “sin” taxes never produce what they promise. They foster a black market that avoids taxes and who is to say that the tribes might add marijuana cigarettes to their smoke shops to avoid state taxes?

So, the issue is, would Oklahoma be better off if marijuana were legalized? I side with law enforcement and say no.

Is legalization or decriminalization of marijuana coming to Oklahoma? Not with our present state government. But this social movement, like homosexual marriage, is working overtime to convert our nation to a progressive, nonbiblical viewpoint.

Unless the good people of this state stand up for what is right, some liberal judge will make pot legal someday.

Or some liberal politician like ex-Gov. Brad Henry will put in the ballot – like casino gambling (Oklahoma has 117 casino operations and the “education” lottery) – and it will become the law of the land.

 

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