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No hidden motive

November 8, 2005

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To the editor:

The Drug Policy Forum of Kansas (DPFKS) proposed a city ordinance to ban marijuana and drug paraphernalia, not decriminalize marijuana. You can't do that in Kansas. Hello! The proposed penalty is the same as now, up to one year in jail, a maximum $2,500 fine or both. There's a rumor we are decriminalizing marijuana. As everyone learned in school, rumors are a gateway drug to misunderstanding. Just say no!

There are differences. People charged won't have that fingerprint/mug experience at the jail. Prosecutions will be moved to the little courthouse reserved for minor offenses like DUI number two.

Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists, but DPFKS have no hidden motive. There's no big money man from Washington, D.C., bankrolling us. No "legalize today, get high tonight" philosophy behind our request.

DPFKS researched the top 50 cities in Kansas by population, and found 29 have the same ordinance we proposed. Radical cities like Andover, Parsons and that way-out hippie commune Dodge City.

Only two of the top 50 impose a minimum fine and/or jail time, Overland Park and Garden City. One city, Olathe, imposes a "safety" class, and the other 18 have no ordinance at all.

This isn't about special interest; it's about best interest, the best interest of our police officers, our courts, our student populations, our low-income residents, and our tax dollars.

The kids will be fine, trust us. They will still be able to buy pot until we do something really rational like tax and regulate it out of their school lockers.

Laura A. Green,

executive director, DPFKS,

Lawrence

Comments

Speakout 9 years, 1 month ago

Ms Green, pot like alcohol is a drug that takes one out of this world and into another imaginary one. While alcohol is legal, why would we want to legalize the other? If we want to tax pot, the potheads will find a way to grow it in an area that is hidden and sell it, without taxes, for a profit. This is a lose/lose situation.

The only thing one can do to help druggies is to find them something else to play with that is legal.

Godot 9 years, 1 month ago

Ms. Green, no wonder people suspect your motives.

You first say,

"There's a rumor we are decriminalizing marijuana. As everyone learned in school, rumors are a gateway drug to misunderstanding. Just say no!"

And you end with,

"The kids will be fine, trust us. They will still be able to buy pot until WE DO SOMETHING RATIONAL LIKE TAX AND REGULATE IT...."

If that isn't decriminalizing pot, what is?

No matter how much smoke you try to blow, (pun intended) we can still see through it.

Maybe you need to quit smoking for awhile and clear your head.

andyk 9 years, 1 month ago

This thread is rather old and nobody has posted for quite some time. I would just like to say that godot does not know what he/she is talking about. Decriminalizing would be the removal of criminal punishment for simple marijuana possesion. Under the proposition, there would still be criminal punishment. Not a $100 fine like in California, a decriminalized state. Marijuana is already taxed in Kansas. By law, it is to have a drug tax stamp placed on it. All that amounts to is more fines when someone is caught for possesion. Don't try to argue that, look it up. www.norml.org. If it were regulated and sold in stores, that would be called "LEGALIZED." Neither of these will happen in Kansas.

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