By WILLIAM J. KELLY
Several states have now legalized pot (marijuana). A person must be over 21 to purchase pot at stores licensed to sell it.
I heard on the radio that in the first week of legal sales in Colorado young students were found with bags of pot sold to them via the black market. The pot was purchased legally and then resold at a big profit to those too young to purchase it on their own.
This is not unexpected because we have people who do the same exact thing with alcohol. This type of thing is very difficult to eliminate, but several things could be done to minimize it. One would be to arrest the final purchaser, the user, and give them a very large fine for the first arrest and double the fine for subsequent offenses. Jail time would not be required of the user, but would be for the reseller.
The second would be to vote out these politicians who have little common sense in this matter and who favor the legalization of drugs. We should not vote into office any man or woman who favors the legalization of drugs for Texans. What do you think?
This is amazing to me. North Richland Hills is considering building a 10,000-square-foot animal shelter at an estimated cost of up to $4.96 million. I believe in taking care of animals, but do we need a Waldorf Astoria to do so?
I read in the papers every day about children going to bed hungry every night, about the number of unemployed workers, about families losing their homes and about the shortage of food supplies in the food banks. I think politicians should get their priorities into proper perspective when considering the use of our tax money for projects affecting our communities. What do you think?