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Letter: Marijuana fear mongering

After reading Norman Feck’s letter about the evil effects of pot legalization, I was reminded of an old sit-com character, Archie Bunker. The late Carol O’Conner’s portrayal was full of euphemisms and ignorance which he brashly displayed, usually sans logic.

Archie and Norm subscribe to what I call the “Killer Weed Mentality.” Back in the ‘50s, our government disseminated false information about marijuana and hemp. This was done to protect the paper and petrochemical industries from competition with hemp while dissuading our youth with lies from sampling this new “sin.” The term “gateway drug” was coined by one of Nixon’s minions for a sound bite in Tricky Dicky’s war on drugs. There is no scientific proof of this claim.

Now Norm says he knows pot is to blame for crime in the valley because when rain is falling from dark skies and his boots are muddy he knows it is raining no matter what those stoner weathermen predicted. Good metaphor, so deep. Out of civility I won’t say what it’s deep in.

But Norman is way funnier than Archie Bunker because Norm is actually serious. The drugs the DA and police chief were referring to were meth and coke and heroin, not pot. The time for killer weed ignorance has passed, time to join the 21st century.

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