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Hooray for Marijuana Legalization in Colorado!

Now let’s get the addicts into rehab and get them clean.

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Bonnie Ramthun

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January 14, 2014 - 8:00 am
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I live in Boulder County, Colorado, the genesis of the marijuana legalization movement in my state. The students at the University of Colorado in Boulder hold an annual illegal celebration called 420. Every year on April 20 students cover the campus lawns and smoke marijuana.  There are other rallies, but this is one of the most famous.

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Our home has a lovely view over the Boulder valley, and last spring when I pointed out a low-lying fog bank in the early morning my youngest son joked: “I think that’s the pot haze from Boulder, Mom.”

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Colorado, a state previously known for fresh air, active lifestyles and beautiful mountains, is now the Pothead state. Thanks, marijuana activists.

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On the other hand, we can now get to the important part of pot legalization: Getting users into rehab and getting them clean. This attitude does not endear me to libertarian types and marijuana users, who consider pot a harmless drug. Here’s a sample of headlines from marijuana activists in their joy at achieving recreational pot legalization in Colorado:

“It’s a plant, it’s harmless, and now anyone over 21 can buy it if they want to. Beautiful.” (A quote from pot shop owner Amy Reynolds.)

Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization  (A joke column from the Daily Currant).

Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose (The article shows a .gif of playing pandas, because no one has died from a marijuana overdose.  Hilarious!)

The lie of marijuana as a harmless drug must be fought strongly, ferociously, and with every tool at our disposal. Join me if you drive a car on the highway, if you ever get on an aircraft, or if you have children. Marijuana is an addicting drug that stupefies the brain, stays in the human system for days, and puts anyone around an addict at risk.

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And now, the truth; FACT Marijuana is less addictive and less harmful than Caffeine, let alone Alcohol and Tobacco; (3 Scientific Studies)
BTW, Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;.
Addictiveness of Marijuana - ProCon.org.
http://www.procon.org/view.background-resource.php?resourceID=1492
Mr Buckley must've had Bonnie in mind when he penned this;
"Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ... The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."
-- William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Retired Colorado Peace Officer here.

There will be no rehab. This is Colorado. The Democrats control both Houses of the legislature and the governorship. They control the state bureaucracy, except for most line law enforcement, and the courts. The Institutional Republican Party in Colorado is mainly concerned with collaborating with the Democrats and suppressing its own base.

To the Democrats, it is one of their articles of faith, akin to the Islamic Shahada; that there are NO personal or societal ill effects from drug usage. They will not admit that there can be any problems caused by individuals under the influence of cannabis.

I watched the process of legalization, and am glad that I am retired. Keeping in mind that this entire process was, like Obamacare, imposed with no input from anyone but Democrats; they have designed the legalization and taxation process almost purposely as if they wanted to create a continuing underground economy that is illegal [continuing the "war on drugs" they hate so publicly, but this time in the name of tax evasion], guaranteeing that pot shops will mix illegal pot to their inventory because it is so much cheaper than the regulated legal pot, and incidentally exploiting illegal aliens.

The pot business is forced to be a cash business because no bank in its right mind will touch it. It is still illegal under Federal law, and under Federal law any bank dealing with the proceeds of illegal drugs can be seized and shut down. The all cash nature of the business makes inventive bookkeeping mandatory and operational details murky. The business is not only the shops. There are large operations to grow the legal weed, and to process it preparatory to sale. From what I am hearing, a large proportion of the labor force in these operations are illegal aliens and are treated as if the labors laws do not exist. And yes, organized crime is taking over the business, which does not improve any of these conditions.

It is the perfect Leftist trifecta: still illegal, subject to oppressive state action at whim, and exploitative of minorities.

They will admit nothing, deny everything, and demand impossible proof when it comes to any drawbacks to pot legalization.

Subotai Bahadur
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
I've traditionally liked reading your articles, but this was a very poorly considered argument.

Your belief seems to be that pot is going to wreck society, because adults are now free to choose whether to consume it or not. I'm also shocked at what appears to be an argument that suggests you think that adults who behave dangerously or unlawfully will not be prosecuted, so long as they do it under the influence of pot.

There's absolutely nothing to back your assertions. Everything you present can be dismissed by looking at how we deal with abuse of alcohol. This is a ridiculous article.

Your entire basis seems to be rooted in the concept that adults must not be trusted to make good choices, and that the State must make choices for us. I can only hope you never vote - ever.
28 weeks ago
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This was textbook "reefer madness" hysteria and misinformation. You could literally replace every occurrence of "pot" or "marijuana" in this article with "alcohol" and it would be equally applicable. Yet tens of millions of Americans use alcohol safety every year and we've learned to not penalize those tens of millions for the actions of an irresponsible few.
24 weeks ago
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Mind Your OWn Business...............if you don't like it, don't use it....sheesh....
27 weeks ago
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BEARING SOCIAL COST OF A VOLUNTARY DISEASE

Since privacy of medical records is gone and studies can be done, Colorado should ask Workman’s Compensation and Social Security Administration Disability Branch for studies on pot use. POT USERS SHOULD BEAR THE SOCIAL COST OF THEIR RECREATIONAL DEVOTION WHEN IT BECOMES A VOLUNTARY DISEASE.

Some people are unaware they have only marginal adjustment to reality. One joint will put them into the locked ward and the way back may never appear.

A tragic situation is where the pot user will not focus on the need to go to the doctor. The consequences can be gruesome. A person with for example basal cell carcinoma can find the mental power in ingesting herb which dissolves the need to go to a dermatologist. Later when a need for medical attention is obvious, such as horrendous odors or an eye socket transformed into cancer to the point the orb is no longer emplaced in a stable fashion, the blissful user will be forced by others to go to the doctor. The question then will be how much lifespan is left after surgical treatment.

The cost of things should be put on the users. Their fantasy view of life should not be imposed onto the taxpayers. The social cost of toxic voluntary diseases with money consequences should be borne by the volunteers and not passed off to society.

On the same topic, repeated driving-while-intoxicated convictions should require confiscation of all registered vehicles and issuing a license permitting owning or driving vehicles weighing not more than 2300 pounds, to put the laws of physics on the side of the victims. Another offense, the license would be amended to permit owning or driving of vehicles having less than four wheels.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
skiers should bear the cost of their injuries. parachutists too....etc etc ad nauseaum.
27 weeks ago
27 weeks ago Link To Comment
We agree on this 100%. Every person should be responsible for their own healthcare and costs.

That's it. Repeal the statist frameworks. People pay their own way, or they seek voluntary charitable assistance. You and I are 100% in alignment.
28 weeks ago
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What have the laws prohibiting pot accomplished? It has succeeded in creating the cartels and a huge government agency, the DEA. The laws have not stopped drugs. The federal gov't should get out of the drug business entirely and return the issue to the states.

Remember prohibition and all of the criminal activity that resulted from bootlegging and the trafficking? The drug cartels in Mexico are the only beneficiaries of these laws. They need the laws to keep prices high and their profits up.
28 weeks ago
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According to local libertarian radio talk host Peter Boyles when you purchase legal pot in Colo you are automatically signed into the Medical Marijuana program AND baked into those laws are the striping away of your second amendment rights. True or not I don't know but I do know pot is not harmless, when I have someone show up for work reeking of pot and eyes glazed over I send them home the first time and terminate them the second. I had no problem personally getting passed my pot head days and now that pot is legal in Denver the stench of use and grow facilities is everywhere and I find the smell disgusting and nauseating. Alcohol is a much bigger issue in my life and I struggle daily with. I believe we should all be free to abuse ourselves with drugs and alcohol but I agree with the author we should not be free to expose others to our impairment. I have a friend exactly my age who never out grew his pot addiction and he unfortunately is the very picture of that old PSA ad with the mom yelling down into the basement at her 30 year old slacker son to go look for a job while he is taking a bong hit. One last thought and then I will step off my soapbox, I've never met a pothead who didn't drink alcohol as well as getting high at the same time.
28 weeks ago
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Question: Ever eat rattlesnake?

Answer: Yeah, it tastes just like chicken.

Question: So why don't you simply eat chicken?

Question: Why do you smoke pot?

Answer: 'Cause it's no different than just having a glass of wine.

Question: So why don't you simply have a glass of wine?
28 weeks ago
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Because I can't stand the way drinking makes me feel.
I hate it. 'Drink to relax'? No, never, I just would never think of it.
I've worked in bars and really enjoy others having a time, too.
Consumer choice in moderation, ok?
Let us each deal with our own problems, alright?
27 weeks ago
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And everyone who can read knows exactly what the fallacy is...the speaker means it is not morally different than having a glass of wine and the questioner should mind his own business...but no...let's pretend we're third graders who can't comprehend the meaning of words in context...that way we can change the subject...
28 weeks ago
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My opinion (I don't live in Colorado):
In the 1800's, drugs were legal, and opiates frequently used. But if use turned you into an addict and you became a murderer, rapist, thief, whatever, you were hanged. Legal use didn't often result in bad behavior; people took precautions to prevent that.
I think it's ridiculous that the government tells us what medicines we can take or what pills we can have in our pockets. Let's legalize drugs, but ONLY IF we can execute the violent among us.

In the interim, I'd avoid Colorado. Those who live there are going to start seeing lots of lawsuits for negligence when potheads wreck cars, etc. Use the natural American litigiousness to persecute stoners.
28 weeks ago
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"if use turned you into an addict and you became a murderer, rapist, thief, whatever, you were hanged."

If we can get everybody on board with that standard, and include driving while stoned which results in injury, I'll support legalization wholeheartedly.

The problem is, virtually the entire legalization movement wants to pretend that there will be no negative consequences from legalization, and there is no need to change how we handle the crimes that come from abusing drugs (including booze).


What to legalize drugs (any drugs, I don't care)?

Then come to me with a proposal that includes changed criminal law processes (I don't want anybody getting off on technicalities) and massively increased penalties for causing harm to others as a result of drug use.

Yes, it needs to include booze.



THEN I'll take you seriously.


Until then, you're just a pothead who wants to toke up more often.



28 weeks ago
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Oh, if you do bring such a proposal, and it actually gets passed and becomes law, you'll still be a pothead who wants to toke up more often, and decent people will still hold you in contempt, but at least we'll solve a lot more important problems, and yours will be mostly your own.

Sounds like a win to me.


28 weeks ago
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If all the alarms of this author were true, then alcohol should be illegal. Alcohol is a far more dangerous drug than pot. And as far as the "addictive" portion of this rant goes: nope, it's not addictive. It is definitely habit-forming, but it does not lead to a chemical addiction like cigarettes or alcohol. I know this from personal experience in my early years.

I agree that there is definite impairment, and it screws up the attention span, but rehab for potheads?
28 weeks ago
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If all the alarms from this author are true, hopefully the State will not only protect us from the dangers of alcohol, but video game addiction, addiction to porn, sex addiction, and food addiction.

You hear that? No more fun, sex, or eating for all you dumbies. Clearly, adults cannot use computers, have sex, or eat recreationally. You just can't be trusted to moderate yourselves. Hail the all-powerful State, and its ability to be our nanny from cradle-to-grave.

Living is so much simpler when all your decisions are taken for you by remote overlords.
28 weeks ago
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JaycenR - I have a question. When you and your pot smoking budies (spelling intentional) get together do you ever use the designated driver rule?

I tried MJ once about 40 years ago and decided that it wasn't something of interest to me and never went back. However, I did learn from that experience that I would have been a clear threat to safety had I gotten behind the wheel while under its influence.

Your almost hysterical advocacy for pot as if it is central to your existence makes me wonder what percentage of the day you and those likeminded may be a threat to mine. Hopefully, you toke and leave the driving to others.
28 weeks ago
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1. You're really pleasant.
2. Your personal experience with pot certainly makes you an expert.
3. Please provide a single example of "near hysteria".
4. My advocacy has consistently been for adults to be free human beings.

In the future, please douche in private.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Childish, and typically potheaded, response.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ah, you're using the "Nah nah nah boo boo, stick your head in doo doo" rebuttle.

I find that "I know you are, but what am I?" cancels out "stick your head in doo doo", don't you?
28 weeks ago
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"A user is dull, unfocused, and frequently loses the thread of conversation."

So, you're saying that almost all Democrats are potheads?

Sounds about right...

28 weeks ago
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This article is well beyond ridiculous - its vacuous. The only thing I read that could be construed as factual is the by-line. (I assume Bonnie Ramthun is your real name, not a pen name) Other than that...

The simple reality is that before any state legalized use of any sort and the morally bankrupt war on drugs was in full combat mode, 24 million Americans admitted they used marijuana regularly. Imagine what that number really was given it was in no ones better interest to admit it. Pot smokers have been living, working and succeeding in America, including Boulder, CO for your entire life Bonnie. What do you think has been going on? Want to know what will happen? Nothing! There may be a little swell in use as a function of 'victory celebration' but once the sheen wears off no one will even give it a second thought.

I think you will need some rehab to recover from the surgery to remove your head from your rectum. I don't think you should go to jail for posing as an educated columnist while breathing in all those gaseous fumes. Please get help.
28 weeks ago
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No drug is harmless. Marijuana does impair the perceptions - surely not of your ilk, though. To say that it does not, or to imply such is just as mendacious as that which you ridicule. You want to use pot? Good, go ahead. But I know of what I speak, and for you to suggest that those of us who do know of the ill effects of pot are out to spoil your fun and enjoyment as a free-born schizoid is without foundation.
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