The very definition of fairness is to treat like things in a like manner. Yet many of our local politicians and the Courier Editorial Board would lump marijuana together with heroin; even as every objective standard would say that marijuana is far more like alcohol.
Simply take every objection to legalizing marijuana and replace the word alcohol and you will see that it is obvious that the opponents of issue 3 favor prohibition.
Prohibition of alcohol did not work. Prohibition of marijuana is not working and will not work. The cost of enforcement to the tax payer, the cost to our economy by locking up young people who should be starting their working life as productive members of society, is too high.
You can make a strong case that marijuana is less costly to society and less harmful to individuals than alcohol. Yet alcohol is perfectly legal and can be purchased at numerous locations throughout our city. The State of Ohio holds a monopoly on the sale of hard alcohol. We promote and even celebrate the consumption of alcohol while we wage a pointless and costly war on marijuana.
Hypocrisy and bias of our laws regarding the use alcohol and marijuana is not lost on millions of Ohioans. It is symptomatic of an elite who have completely lost touch with the realities of day to day life. They have put their personal bias for their drug of choice over the choice of their constituents. They are so committed to this bias, devoid of any rational justification, that they are willing to arrest and imprison thousands of their own constituents.
Issue 3 may not be the perfect answer, but don’t be fooled by our State Rep. Sprague and State Sen. Hite; they will never support the legalization of marijuana. Issue 3 is our best hope to bring fairness to our criminal justice system.
This issue is about personal freedom and smaller, less intrusive government.
This pointless and costly war has gone on too long.
You can bring it to an end. I urge you to vote no on issue 2 and yes for issue 3.