‘Little Las Vegas’ Tulsa will vote on legalizing marijuana

I have never smoked marijuana. I have only seen it a few times but I have smelled it many times throughout my life.

I have known friends, co-workers and family members who liked to smoke marijuana. I am sure there are a lot of people I know who smoke it and I don’t know they do.

Everyone I know who does smoke it has had problems. Those problems range from an over-stimulated appetite to the use of hard narcotics because smoking marijuana was a gateway to stronger addiction.

My father was a two-pack a day cigarette smoker and although he lived to be 77 and he never got lung cancer, he suffered early dementia during the last few months of his life and one doctor told me that years of smoking contributed to his condition.

I don’t smoke cigarettes, either. I got enough second-hand smoke as a child to last me a lifetime.

Over the years, I have interviewed police officers, prosecutors, judges and counselors who universally have the same opinion – smoking marijuana always causes problems.

Liberal Democrats and some Libertarians want to legalize smoking marijuana in Oklahoma. The great experiment in legalizing recreational use of marijuana is ongoing in Colorado with predictable results.

There is a movement to place on the ballot in Oklahoma a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. Most reasonable people would approve that usage if someone really needed it as pain killer.

Here are the problems with medical use of marijuana. First, they can refine the pain-killer part of it without having a patient smoke it but that’s not good enough for most advocates. They want to smoke it and the health dangers from marijuana smoke are much, much worse than cigarette smoke.

And existing, legal painkillers should be chosen before society gives marijuana the stamp of approval.

And from a political view, approving medical marijuana is just one step away from legalizing recreational usage.

And believe it or not, the legalized recreational use of marijuana is just another step toward the ultimate goal of some to legalize all drugs, even prescription. Some well-meaning folks think that the government should not be involved in what drugs people take into their bodies. (Some of these people also think the government should not stop abortion, too.)

There is a word for this: chaos.

Let’s face it, alcohol is a legalized drug. And alcohol probably has ruined more lives than marijuana. Alcohol abuse has touched almost every family in the nation.

Prohibition with alcohol didn’t work. Hardly anyone would seriously advocate prohibition. The Bible does not teach prohibition, but it clearly designates drunkenness as a sin. I don’t drink because I don’t like the way it tastes and if I don’t drink, I don’t have the possibility of getting drunk.

Even though there is no law against getting drunk, there are laws against being drunk in public and there are very strict laws against drinking and driving. If there were no laws against drunk driving, the odds of anyone getting killed on the streets or highways would be exponentially higher.

There will be proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution on the November 8 ballot that would liberalize state liquor laws. If passed, convenience stores like QuikTrip and grocery stores like Reasor’s would be able to sell for the first time wine and hard beer. And they could refrigerate it. And liquor stores could sell refrigerated alcohol products.

I am voting against this but I think it will pass because most of the population – including some very spiritual Christians – drink and they want the convenience that is common in states like Texas, Florida and Missouri.

There is a federal law against possession of marijuana but the Obama Administration refuses to enforce it in Colorado and a handful of other states. Colorado can violate a federal law and legalize marijuana but Oklahoma can’t violate a U.S. Supreme Court order and prohibit homosexual marriage or abortion. This is true because most elected officials don’t obey the U.S. Constitution, most specifically the Tenth Amendment (which enumerates and limits federal control over the states).

Let me predict what will happen. Oklahoma will legalize medical marijuana with some restrictions, thanks to the help of the liberal news media. Later, those restrictions will go away.

And then some federal judge will overturn the U.S. marijuana prohibition and the Oklahoma Supreme Court will approve recreational use of marijuana.

Then everyone in the state and country can get stoned or drunk whenever they feel like it. And somehow, that makes life in Tulsa better?

But what else do you expect when Tulsa becomes “Little Las Vegas” and the home of “Margaritaville?”