Letter: Don't buy into pothead 'B.S.'


To the editor,

Dear members of the RI House Judiciary Committee,
I understand you had a hearing on Tuesday, April 11, on House bill H-5555 that seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational use. I strongly oppose this bill and any legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. But, I support House Resolution Bill 5561 that seeks a one-year special commission to study the issue before taking any action to implement legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

The reasons for opposing such legislation far out numbers the one, sole reason for its enactment - and that reason is more money. More money for those who are promoting it, those who will benefit financially from its production, sale, distribution, use, etc., and the state coffers from taxing all proceeds and licensing growers.

Those who claim that legalizing marijuana will promote public health and safety must never look in a mirror. They are just plain wrong and they know it. If they don't, then they have other shortcomings. Lobbyists are making a healthy living promoting this rubbish.

It might also be worth pointing out and re-emphasizing that the possession, use, sale, distribution, growing, etc. of marijuana is a criminal violation of federal law. Nor is there an exception under federal law for medicinal use of this controlled substance. The state has no legal right to violate federal criminal law any more than any citizen of this state or nation. This state and other states that have already seen fit to violate federal law are setting one fine example for their citizens, especially, their youth.

I urge each of you to do all that you can to learn as much as you can about the harmful effects of this controlled substance and vote to hold this bill in committee. The residents of this state, along with law enforcement, do not need to have to contend with this additional source of addiction, judgment impairment, criminal activity and escapism from reality that use of marijuana represents.

Do not buy into the public health and safety line of B.S. espoused by those who hope to benefit financially from this movement.

Peter Hewett
11 Wendy Drive


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joe sousa

Organized crime profits from the sale of drugs to our citizens much like alcohol during prohibition. The Mob wanted to keep it going while every day citizens pushed for repeal. The opposition warned of tragic results with madness and mayhem .

Numerous laws have been changed at the federal level after a majority of states refused to enforce them. The people who smoke it can get it with little effort. Making it legal won't change RI. , or the country.

I think the proceeds should be used to end the hard drug additions .

Saturday, April 15 | Report this

Not sure I see the prohibition connection... Marijuana and Opiates have never been legal. (even when GW himself grew hemp to send to England to make ropes) They've been regulated as poison for pharmaceutical use but not until recent pat for recreational use. Personally, I don't understand who this would benefit. Which professions would begin allowing employees to come to work with THC in their system? Military? Police? Governors office? Medical professions? Lawyers? Contractors? Plumbers? Electricians? Builders of Submarines? Engineers? Basically, any profession with a need to maintain your "wherewithalls"... nope. probably not. Legal or not, they won't keep their job, so there's no benefit to legalize marijuana.

Who would be "okay" not to have their "wherewithalls" at work? Unemployed welfare recipients? (Seems rather illogical to me), Store clerks? Servers? Checkout clerks?

How does one mange "recreational use" without driving? THC stays in the system a long time. So, how would these fine folks get to their employment? There's no breathalyzer for THC, so I suppose the police will need a kit to get a pee test for traffic stops. That's going to be interesting to see. (how they deal with it, not the act itself... ) What would be neat though is calling the plumber to fix your toilet and having him hook it to the shower on accident... sorry dude, my bad

Saturday, April 15 | Report this
joe sousa

The difference is the State gets the money not the dealers . Employers are still going to drug test. People drive high now that won't change. Opium was in every snake oil till regulations outlawed it. I don't see much changing if it's legal. It's so available now.

Sunday, April 16 | Report this

Joe, you have a point; let the state regulate marijuana. After all, if you really want something mismanaged, let the state deal with it.

Having traveled to Washington State recently a co-worker curiously went into a smoke shop and found a "dime bag" starts at like $60. Dime bag traditionally meant $10. Not having interest in legal or illegal marijuana, I can't state unequivocally that the "black market" sources still exist in Washington State (or would in RI should legalization pass). But the capitalist in me, suspects "probably".

Monday, April 17 | Report this

This is an issue of personal freedom, period. Marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol. Indeed, it may be a good deal less destructive to the body than alchohol is. I'm sure that Mr. Hewett enjoys an occasional drink, yet he would deny the same pleasure to marijuana users. Or does Mr. Hewett think that the U.S. should return to the days of Prohibition? The fact is, marijuana users have been facing a prohibition of their own, even though marijuana use isn't particularly harmful. Let's do the right thing and legalize this indulgence for people who want to use it.

Thursday, April 20 | Report this

I submitted this, I think this states everyone opinion,

Letter to the Editor Eastbay Newspapers

I would like to respond to the letter which appeared in last weeks paper by Peter Hewett regarding his objection to the legalizing marijuana. Sir I have to state your entitled to your opinion, however you bring up issues with law enforcement, addiction, judgment of impairment, and criminal activity. You just described that same issues with Alcohol, which is legal and we all share the burden of addiction, judgment of impairment, and criminal activity. The sale of Alcohol is great money grubbing business and is now less taxed as what Marijuana would be, air-go more revenue and less of a tax burden on the taxpayers. Its already in use, and the money it makes goes to criminal activity, rather then our benefits

to fund schools, road and bridge repair, fire protection. Legalizing it would lower the burden on Law enforcement to spend our tax dollars fighting it, and less the burden in our Courts. As an adult, what I do in my home, should be my business, watch a game with a cold beer or a pipe.

2Ndly how many accidents caused by a impaired driver under the influence of marijuana cause people to be killed or severely injured as does a impaired driver from alcohol, Let the times change, and watch

your tax savings.

Dave Silvia

Warren, RI

Friday, April 21 | Report this


Also, there was a recent news report of a teen who killed his passenger THC was found in both of their systems in Rhode Island.

I'm all about freedom and "choice" but I believe there's more to this. Where do we set the bar as a republic? Alcohol is a drug and is legal, so all drugs should be legal? Making all drugs the same... so where will the bar be set? Cocaine should be legal too? Opiates, like heroin and pain killers?

You say "you people" need to look in the mirror, I reply "In the mirror, I see a person who contributes to society (honestly) and wants the best for humankind. A person who wants the issue people are escaping from that drives them to abuse alcohol or escape with marijuana to be resolved so that they can be happy without the use of drugs" Who do they see in the mirror?

Saturday, April 22 | Report this

JB, to answer your latest post: We set the bar at very dangerous drugs. Marijuana is not very dangerous. Cocaine, heroin, etc., should not be legal because they are too dangerous and too addictive.

As for whether marijuana can cause traffic accidents -- perhaps. Whether it does or not, it causes far fewer accidents than alcohol does.

There are clearly people in the country who prefer to get their "relaxation" from marijuana instead of alcohol, and given that marijuana is not more harmful than alcohol, they should be able to do that.

Sunday, April 23 | Report this

CM, I guess I am not making my point very well, Alcohol is legal, but driving under isn't, people still do, that is the crime, not people drinking, The point is make marijuana legal, and what I do in my house is my business. not to get high and get in a vehicle and drive, not to be a pilot and go flying. under the influence is the crime not being high in my home. Again, the legalization would be a cost effective to the taxpayers, stop making the criminals rich, less the burden on law enforcement, and the courts. If everyone got on board with this, there would not be a problem, everyone seems to forget that anyone 21yoa can drink, but there not suppose to get into a vehicle, plane, train, or bus, and drive to impair other peoples lives.

Monday, April 24 | Report this
Honoré de Balzac

testing, 1, 2, 3


just making sure my "post comment" button is working...

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