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article imageOp-Ed: Government ignores voters on marijuana

By Robert Weller     Oct 29, 2014 in Politics
Denver - State, local and federal government agents have launched secretive raids on marijuana growers and dispensaries in Washington and Colorado, the two states where voters legalized it.
The raids in the two states have been helped by the cooperation of media, local and mass, who have let the cops get away with hiding what happened.
Associated Press, using one of its favorite dodges, quotes officials “not authorized to disclose information about the case and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity…” If they are not authorized then why speak to them?
Why anyone was quoted at all since no real information suggests the media is going along with thwarting the will of voters in Washington and Colorado.
Much of the alternative press in Colorado ignored this week’s raids.
Much like the same-sex marriage fiasco, many states have legalized medical marijuana and votes will be held on expanding the list as well as legalizing recreational marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Although the sale of marijuana, recreational and medical, is bring in millions of dollars in Colorado and Washington, the anti-drug complex and drug cartels are doing everything they can to keep it illegal.
It brings to mind the hysteria over a handful of Ebola cases in the U.S.
Worst plagues
Thousands of jobs will be lost if marijuana is legalized, although thousands of jobs also are being gained as dispensaries work to comply with byzantine rules.
Thousands of people jailed for possession of small amounts, a larger percentage of them black, could be released from the nation’s overcrowded prisons.
Tear-jerking stories have been published around the country of the help medical marijuana provides for those with various illnesses, especially epilepsy. Parents of children with Dravet’s Syndrome have moved to Colorado.
More resources could be devoted to controlling the misuse of prescription drugs, which can lead to overdose deaths.
It is widely accepted that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana. Neither is dangerous when used in moderation by the general population.
The state of Minnesota last week ruled that users of medical marijuana, who have the required prescriptions, can qualify for unemployment if they are fired simply for the presence of marijuana in their systems. Marijuana can stay in the blood stream of users for 30 days or more.
Imagine if similar tests found traces of alcohol in workers, dating back weeks. Would they be fired?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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