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June 23, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Attempting to legislate morality

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According to other statistics I gleaned from the Internet, currently there are 24 states that have legalized use of marijuana – roughly half for medical use, and the rest have decriminalized marijuana possession within certain limits. From day one, I’ve never seen the problem of medical marijuana use. If doctors can prescribe opiates and other powerful narcotics, why differentiate with marijuana? Perhaps the time has come for Texas and the rest of the country to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana alongside alcohol.

While I’ve never tried the stuff, I’ve never seen the degree of impairment from its use that I’ve witnessed with alcohol abusers. We have the ability to test for use of either if inappropriate behavior is apparent and may have contributed to accidents or incidents. Almost a hundred years ago we banned alcohol, and that didn’t work out too well. We have banned marijuana for decades, and yet America’s War on Drugs has been a stunning defeat.

Make no mistake, I do not condone marijuana use and I see nothing positive about its use, but in light of our overall failed drug policies, perhaps it’s time to consider other options.

In regard to drug testing to qualify for benefits, if a worker has to submit to testing to be hired, how in God’s name can welfare recipients be exempt from this requirement? I think a bunch of Texas legislators must be smoking something funny.

Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County.

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