Price of drugs
I knew when I started reading former U.S. attorney Barry Grissom’s guest commentary about marijuana policy that it would come down to money wasted and money that could be made. (Jan. 15, 7A, “It’s time for a rational debate about marijuana”)
Marijuana of today is not the same as that of decades ago. It is incredibly more addictive, mind-altering and destructive. It is classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic — not for prosecution, but to protect individuals and their families.
Marijuana usage often leads to stair-stepping to more destructive drugs. Law enforcement is not breaking down doors of potheads who are minding their own business and not committing other crimes.
Sure, all we need in this country is another addiction — another driving distraction to go with alcohol and cellphone usage. More people who just don’t care about anything except getting their drugs and getting high, spending their money on drugs and not their families.
What’s the cost of this, and all the drug interventions — not just monetary, but the human cost?. There are absolutes in the world. They never change, and they are very much worth fighting for.
The Jan. 24 guest commentary from state Sen. Doug Libla mischaracterizes SB 564, now under consideration by the Missouri Senate.