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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:30 am

On Tuesday, Tina Wilson, 41, was in the Mighty Mart on Veterans Avenue, which sells bongs, leaf grinders and other marijuana-related items.

She said she regularly smokes marijuana for medicinal purposes and was prescribed the drug in Alabama after suffering from an ulcer. But she has not been successful in obtaining marijuana since moving to Texas.

“It’s hard here. I have been going to Scott & White for over a year and now they are setting me up with a counselor trying to get my prescription filled, but I haven’t been able to get it,” Wilson said. “I have gone from 187 pounds to 135 and can’t eat and have a lot of nausea. I am in a lot of pain and throwing up. I need pot to survive.”

Effective Jan. 1, marijuana sales for recreational use are now legal in Colorado. In a straw poll conducted this week by the Herald, all residents said recreational marijuana use should be legalized. (See Word on the Street, page 2.)

If marijuana is legalized in Texas, law enforcement would perhaps feel the greatest impact. John Vander-Werff of Copperas Cove, a retired law enforcement officer with more then 30 years experience, said the main downside of legalizing marijuana would be an increase in intoxication contacts between police and citizens.

“Legalization of marijuana would neither decrease crime nor lessen jail crowding,” Vander-Werff said. “User-level marijuana arrests would be replaced by user-level intoxication arrests.”

If marijuana was legalized and taxed, the revenue would be added to city, county and state coffers. While the revenue would be welcomed, Vander-Werff doubts all marijuana used would be taxed. He said clandestine sales, untaxed, would flourish.

The cost to taxpayers for misdemeanor marijuana incarceration is approximately $51 per day in the Coryell County jail system. This is the cost Coryell County pays Milam County for housing Coryell County inmates due to overcrowding.

But arrests for marijuana possession have led to arrests on additional charges almost 50 percent of the time, keeping offenders with more serious offenses off the streets, said Sgt. Julie Lehmann of the Copperas Cove Police Department. Of 108 arrests for marijuana possession in 2013, 55 resulted in additional offenses or charges.

Under the new Colorado law, public consumption of the drug is banned as is taking marijuana over state lines, driving under the influence, and providing pot to anyone under 21. Washington, Maine and Michigan have also passed laws legalizing recreational use of marijuana, while 15 other states and the District of Columbia allow some legal use of marijuana, primarily for medicinal purposes.

But in Texas, Cove residents like Wilson will have to wait.

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19 comments:

  • Roody2 posted at 7:38 pm on Mon, Jan 13, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 266

    "Congress didn't even know what they were voting on"

    ... what a coincidence! The same thing happened with Obamacare!!!

     
  • wm97 posted at 9:40 am on Sat, Jan 11, 2014.

    wm97 Posts: 5

    Yeah, that's pretty typical for a prohibitionist. Prohibitionists have two major characteristics. The first is that they really don't know anything about the subject. The second is that they don't want to know.

    Thanks for proving that point.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 11:16 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    I recommend you put down your joint and get out of your pot haze and study history. Silly pothead.
    [rolleyes]

     
  • wm97 posted at 6:22 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    wm97 Posts: 5

    Google "Historical Research on Drug Policy" Come back when you think you can intelligently discuss the contents of the first five books on that page.

     
  • wm97 posted at 6:21 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    wm97 Posts: 5

    Where did you get the silly idea that China and Sweden had legalized drugs?

    If you really want to know, google "Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy". They will tell you all about it. I recommend you start with the book titled "Licit and Illicit Drugs" in that collection.

    Happy reading and come back when you think you can discuss some of the contents of that book.

     
  • SteveBruleMD posted at 5:08 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    SteveBruleMD Posts: 2

    Death by Marijuana = 0 per year. The same can't be said for opium use.

     
  • SteveBruleMD posted at 5:08 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    SteveBruleMD Posts: 2

    Sweden never legalized drugs, same goes for China. Maybe if you spent a little more time outside your trailer park you would know this. A quick google search quickly debunks everything you just said. Drug use in Portugal (A country that actually legalized) has gone down substantially since they legalized years ago.

     
  • Eliza posted at 4:56 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 785

    "Just Say No" was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. "War on Drugs", prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. Eventually, this also expanded the realm of "Just Say No" to violence and premarital sex. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband's presidency

    Just Say No To Drugs otherwise you could become a doper.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 3:57 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    If pot is so great then how come the countries that had legalized drugs have since stopped? Ask China and Sweden. It put their countries in the toilet that’s why.

     
  • time for change posted at 1:17 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    time for change Posts: 1

    I am an Air Force brat, when we returned to the states in the 80's and I was kicked out of the elementary school on base because I asked if there were free refills at lunch like my old school. Because of my accent I got over seas, they thought I said free refer. When the Principal asked me about drugs, I said you mean like at Walgreens where my Grandpa goes. It was the only place I had ever seen the word Drug. They said it explained why I had got all the 1st place ribbons on field day, in which I replied well maybe we should all do these drugs if it helps you win. I was quickly snagged out of my chair and chastised for being a smart mouth, I was so confused and had no idea what was happening, There was no drug war in the countries I had been. For the next 3 years I was bused off base to private school. My ADHD son is now 19 years old but I suffered as a single Mom with him with all the hard drugs the doctors gave him and turned him into a zombie, and it turns out THC helps him. I had difficulties with a C-Section, nerve damage and radiating pain down my legs, THC helped none of the pain meds the doctors helped they just zoned me out. I have spent all these years being judged as a person and parent by everyone including my family. I pray that the changes in Colorado come to Texas. I hear a lot of Vets are finding jobs working security at the Weed Shops!!

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    test

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 12:20 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    If pot is so great then how come the countries that had legalized drugs have since stopped? Ask China and Sweden. It put their countries in the toilet that’s why.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 12:19 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    If pot is so great then how come the countries that had legalized drugs have since stopped? Ask China and Sweden. It put their countries in the toilet that’s why.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 12:19 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 479

    If pot is so great then how come the countries that had legalized drugs have since stopped? Ask China and Sweden. It put their countries in the toilet that’s why.

     
  • wm97 posted at 9:46 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    wm97 Posts: 5

    The question of what to do about drugs is not a new one. Over the last 100 years there have been numerous major government commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. You can find the full text of all of them at httpp://druglibrary.org/schaffer under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy.

    They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or where, or when, or why. They all agreed that the current laws were based on ignorance and nonsense, and that the current policy does more harm than good, no matter what you assume about the dangers of drugs. You don't have to take my word for that. Read them yourself.

    If you are new to the collection, start with Licit and Illicit Drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/cu/cumenu.htm That is the best overall review of the drug problem ever written. If you only read one book on the subject, make it that one. It will give you a good summary of what you would learn if you read all the other major reports.

    In 1973, President Nixon's US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse completed the largest study of the drug laws ever done. At the end of their study, they said the real drug problem was not marijuana, or heroin, or cocaine. The real drug problem, they said, was the ignorance of our public officials who keep spouting off with solutions but have never read the most basic research on the subject.

    In a perfect illustration of their point, Nixon refused to read his own commission's report. The full text can be found at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm

     
  • wm97 posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    wm97 Posts: 5

    Marijuana was outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because "All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy. The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana - exactly the opposite of the modern "gateway" nonsense.

    Only one MD testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines at the time, with no significant problems. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn't going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

    The only other "expert" to testify was James C. Munch, a psychologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn't know what to conclude because he wasn't a dog psychologist. Mr. Munch also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat. He then described how he flew around the room for two hours.

    Mr. Munch was the only "expert" in the US who thought marijuana should be illegal, so they appointed him US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served and guided policy for 25 years.

    If you read the transcripts of the hearings, one question is asked more than any other: "What is this stuff?" It is quite apparent that Congress didn't even know what they were voting on. The law was shoved through by a small group of lunatics with no real awareness by anyone else of what was happening.

    See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm for an entertaining short history of the marijuana laws.
    See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm for the complete transcripts of the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

     
  • claygooding posted at 9:32 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    claygooding Posts: 2

    This is not introducing anything,,it is the re-legalization of the most therapeutic and diverse plant in nature that has been used "safely" by mankind for thousands of years,,,and is well established world wide,,,wake up!

     
  • Bubba posted at 8:52 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Bubba Posts: 709

    the US will eventually learn what a huge mistake to allow this drug into our country, as the chinese learned about opium.

     
  • claygooding posted at 6:25 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    claygooding Posts: 2

    “Legalization of marijuana would neither decrease crime nor lessen jail crowding,” Vander-Werff said. “User-level marijuana arrests would be replaced by user-level intoxication arrests.”

    As if there is not anyone already walking around high,,where are all the "too high" tickets now?

    The largest impact on law enforcement is the loss of federal bounty money for marijuana arrests,,how disingenuous for the retired cop to cover greed with "possible" problems.

     

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