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September 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM
What’s in a name?
A new lexicon is need when referring to those who consume marijuana. In a recent article, The Times refers to younger people who use marijuana as “stoners.” [“State’s pot estimate: joint losing popularity,” page one, Sept. 25.]
Not all people who consume marijuana are stoners, just as not all people who drink alcohol are drunks.
Cindy Schindler, Bellevue
September 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Pot should be legal everywhere
Dealing with marijuana, currently a federally illegal, controlled substance, has always been a serious struggle for our Congress as well as local governments. [“Coming soon: 334 pot stores in state,” page one, Sept. 5.]
I want our members of Congress to finally consider decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana and its derivatives, treating it the same way alcohol has been since the repeal of the 22nd Amendment.
There is no doubt that there are safety and health concerns that must be addressed. But let’s put it this way, alcohol was, is, and will be dangerous when consumed in an excessive and irresponsible manner. It is a regulated substance that can be consumed and even studied for medical-treatment purposes.
Marijuana has the discoverable potential to save many lives, if fully legalized and treated the same way alcohol and other substances currently are.
Why can’t the federal government make up its mind and pave the way for sensible, science- and society-centered drug law reforms?
Erick Dietrich, Walla Walla
July 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM
Regulations are problematic
I’m proud to be a Seattleite, and we have been on the front lines when it comes to a sensible approach to pot. But watching the current wrangling over the rules and regulations is mind-boggling. [“New penalties for boating under influence,” NW Tuesday, July 23.]
We finally get the state out of the liquor business, and immediately put them in charge of running the pot business. I predict that, in less than 10 years, we will be back at the polls voting the state out of the pot business.
The economic model of taxing at all levels will insure the black market continues to thrive. If you are lucky enough to have a good, reliable dealer now, you aren’t going to pay retail prices.
Right now, it looks to me like the only place you can smoke pot legally is at home with your family and kids. I understand there is a lot of reefer madness still out there, but we are not the first to venture into legal pot. Check out Amsterdam.
Let’s all relax and enjoy one of God’s truly wonderful gifts to mankind.
Peter Arthur, Seattle
June 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Pot easy for teens to obtain
I had a good laugh upon reading just this headline: [“Challenge ahead to keep pot out of young hands,” page one, June 13].As a former young person, I recall how easy it was to obtain marijuana — much easier for most of my cohort than it was to get alcohol.
As a current high-school teacher, I have often informally surveyed my junior and senior students to get their take on this issue. My classes have consistently presented a clear consensus that any student who wanted to get pot could do so easily, and this was before the law was changed to legalize it in Washington.
That’s not to say it doesn’t make sense to attempt to restrict legal marijuana’s availability to people under the age of 21. But the idea that somehow young people are going to go on a pot-smoking binge now that weed is legal for adults is to ignore the reality that it has always been obtainable for pretty much anyone of any age who wants to consume it.
Eliminating state liquor stores was a much bigger mistake; minors are finding it easier than ever to get alcohol.
Matt Withee, Marysville
May 19, 2013 at 7:05 AM
We need one system
I agree that for Initiative 502 to succeed, there must ultimately be one system [“Reconcile marijuana laws,” Opinion, May 14].
The opponents of I-502 (most of them in the medical-pot community) need to understand that while they advanced the ball 10 steps, it was 15 steps that was needed for the war on drugs to end. And that while they are enjoying their members-only club, the rest of us are still struggling with prohibition.
But it will all come down to price. Right now, at many dispensaries, it is $15 a gram for the high-quality cannabis. This is already too high for a lot of us. If taxes bring the price any higher, the whole thing will revert to the black market.
Pete Dempcy, Seattle
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