The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 26, 2014

Letter: Oklahoma legislators should not make marijuana legal

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — To answer Luhra Van Winkle’s letter “Be reasonable, lawmakers,” on March 6, 2014, telling us about professionals who smoke cannabis, (commonly known as marijuana or pot), stating they are responsible, law-abiding citizens. I say no! They’re breaking the law! Thumbing their nose, saying “I’ll do as I please!”

Studies tell us, “marijuana is addictive, you become hooked on it, soon need stronger drugs to satisfy.” It’s mind-altering, while under its influence you are as dangerous as a drunk. It affects your reflexes, how you react, think, your physical and mental health.

If marijuana can be used as a pain medication, it should be dispensed by a pharmacy, with a written prescription stating dosage and instructions, and be strongly controlled as other addictive drugs are.

On prime-time TV, we daily see killing, drinking, gays, sex. Why are we surprised with the drinking, recreational sex, pregnancies, abortions, morning-after pill, making it easy to do it all over again? We teach cigarettes are bad for you, which they are! So instead smoke pot, get high and think you feel better! Really! Think about it!

Political indifference — people conforming, being conditioned to accept whatever the media feeds us — is scary! Are we afraid to voice our beliefs, our opinions?

Colorado first made pot legal for medical reasons, then for recreational use! The news tells us dealers can’t deposit money from sales in banks in the state. What about records, taxes? What a mess! In Colorado, you can smoke pot as you do cigarettes. And you can bet kids know how to get it, too.

I ask Oklahoma legislators to never give in to making this drug legal in our state. Let’s not spiral down further.

Let’s pray for our state, country and leaders. Let’s save America — not destroy it. God help us all!

Carol Crabtree