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January 23, 2014

KELLY: More of what do you think?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

President Obama

The AP quotes, from an article in The New Yorker magazine, President Obama’s views on marijuana smoking. Evidently, the president smoked pot in his younger years. He said, “Middle class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.”

The president never mentioned where these poor kids get the money to buy pot, just that he thinks it’s not much different than smoking regular cigarettes. He also does not think users should be locked up for long stretches of time. I agree that users should not be locked up. They should, however, be given long sentences of community service, that is of real community service, whether poor, middle class or wealthy, and thus recover some of the costs of the police work involved.

One could say that we might have elected a pothead to be president of the United States. What do you think?

Marijuana legalization

The president thinks that legalization of marijuana should go forward in those states where a high proportion of the user arrests are minorities who are then given jail time. Other people are smoking pot and are given a pass. When has it become a reason to repeal a law because many people are not obeying the law? What do you think?

Drug enforcement

I have thought quite a bit about the method law enforcement uses to attempt to stop the delivery of drugs. I have noticed, as I read the paper, that the law people are concentrating on the arrest of the big drug lords as a way of reducing the amount of drugs available on the street.

I have never been in police work, so my thinking that this is the wrong approach might not be viable. I have been in business for most of my working life, and the most important thing any businessman needs to survive is “customers.” If you take away sufficient customers, the business will fail.

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