Standing up to marijuana legalization
How refreshing to read a columnist, David Brooks, who has the courage to stand up for what is morally right [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Jan. 5].
I question why the majority of Washington voters would desire to allow the social use of marijuana, which can kill the brain cells of our bright and upcoming teenage generation and can lead to a life of a stoner — someone who is incoherent to life around him or her — to say nothing about encouraging more ways of killing each other on the highway when under the influence.
Think of the wasted potential of people who could be creating new ways of treating pain and disease. Have we left all reason behind? There is a consequence to our choices.
Carol Records, Kent
End America’s prohibition of marijuana
I strongly disagree with what David Brooks writes about Colorado and Washington’s legalization of marijuana.
Cannabis prohibition produces criminals, underground markets, cartels, contempt for drug laws, loss of freedom, escalated prison populations, race discrimination, prohibition of American farmers from growing hemp (even though communist Chinese farmers grow it), billions of dollars in wasted tax dollars. The list is growing faster than the plant itself. The sooner America ends cannabis prohibition, the sooner it will stop producing failure.
Colorado and Washington have produced an alternative to one of America’s worst policy failures in history.
Stan White, Dillon, Colo.