Lawmen oppose marijuana proposal

A day after more than 300 doctors came out in support of the ballot measure to legalize marijuana, a large group of law enforcement officials came out against it.

Those law enforcement officials, including Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, said Wednesday that legalizing marijuana as Amendment 64 would do could cause far more problems than it’s worth.

“Anytime you normalize a behavior, it’s going to happen more often,” Hilkey said. “If it’s occurring more often, there’s going to be more people using it, and the more people who use it, a percentage of them are not going to use it responsibility.

“And those people who are not using it responsibly are going to get into a cycle of addiction and a cycle of behavior that goes to supporting their addiction, and that grows into something else. It happens all the time.”

Proponents of the measure, which is designed to regulate marijuana the same way alcohol is controlled, say legalizing it would reduce crime and reduce people’s access to other, harder drugs.

But Hilkey said there’s no evidence of that.

In fact, the evidence indicates the opposite happens.

“They say our prisons are full of (marijuana criminals). That’s not true,” Hilkey said. “At best you get a ticket. The people that are in prison, there’s less than 1 percent who are there on a marijuana charge, and that marijuana charge is a big marijuana charge.”

Mason Tvert, head of the effort to get the measure passed by voters on Nov. 6, said not all law enforcement officials agree.

Last month, the National Latino Officers Association and Blacks in Law Enforcement of America endorsed the measure, along with a number of individual police officers, judges and prosecutors.

Lauren Davis, former senior deputy district attorney in Denver, said Wednesday’s opposition of the measure by a coalition of sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys will only serve criminals.

“The goal of Amendment 64 is to eliminate the underground market by having marijuana sales conducted by taxed and regulated Colorado businesses,” Davis said. “By opposing this measure, these law enforcement officials are fighting to keep marijuana sales in the hands of gangs and cartels.”

The measure calls for liquor store-like stores to open to sell the weed, but only in jurisdictions that approve them.

The measure also calls for a portion of tax money collected from those sales to go toward school construction.


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The so-called “war” on drugs has, for all practical intents and purposes, has destroyed the 4th Amendment. “Lawmen” who kick down doors and shoot innocent people and pets — surprisingly not all that infrequent an occurance — in wrong-address warrantless no-knock raids don’t seem to mind this type of “accident” nearly as much as the victims do.
So-called “conservatives” — supposedly constitution-friendly (but in reality not) — who believe the “war” is necessary, apparently don’t believe that drugs are poison, not nutrition. Maybe that’s why they don’t believe that, as a practical matter, children can be educated to understand that self-evident fact without simultaneously destroying the U.S. Constitution.
Marijuana can be a useful medicine for over a dozen diseases and conditions treated by Big Pharma’s pharmaceuticals (which are even more poisonous, and not nutrition). For people who care about consuming healthy foods, the prolonged use of pharmaceuticals will rot your kidneys and liver. Marijuana doesn’t do that, which is why Big Pharma lobbies against legalization: you can grow your own medicine. The corrupt establishment (whose central banksters launder Big Drug money) hates self-sufficiency with a passion manifested in both state and federal legislation.
The people who really get my goat are the hypocrites who use tobacco and alcohol and believe they should remain legal, but pot should be illegal. Surely there’s a particularly hot spot in hell reserved specially for them.
Full disclosure: In my foolish youth, I tried to be a “hippy” for a time and smoked some pot recreationally. Now I am an aging teetotaler who is concerned about healthful nutrition and self-ownership in a time when America is turning into a full-blown Orwellian police state with frightening, almost inconceivable, speed. Surely it must be admitted that over forty years can change a man. After all, many notable conservatives were socialists in their youth, for example, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, to name but a few. Even that prototypical conservative, William F. Buckley, favored legalization in his old age, but then he was a realist and fond of logic.
Want to cut health care costs by 80%? Abolish the FDA, as favored by Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate (http://bit.ly/bIzcJv).
Constitutionally, politically and economically speaking, America is dying of a heart attack while folks like Stan Hilkey and the Sentinel editorial writers want to grab a toenail clipper and keep marijuana illegal. Go figure.

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