After listening to hours of testimony [that] was overwhelmingly supportive of HB 699 (which would legalize marijuana), it is difficult to understand how the legislators can ignore the will of the majority (57 percent) and not support the measure (“Pakalolo Proposals,” Jan. 23). Was it the enlightened rational arguments from witness after witness who offered personal and professional evidence why this measure made moral, economic and scientific sense to end a failed system of prohibition that we can no longer afford? Was it the impassioned anecdotes from citizens who apparently understand more than their legislators what is the right thing to do? Could it be that the witnesses had more courage voicing their opinions than their elected representatives? Or are the legislators really THIS out of touch with the electorate? Perhaps it is time to send a message at the next election to only elect the representatives who sponsored and supported this measure. Let’s put democracy to work and only elect those who have the sense to govern. Vote against anyone who does not vote for HB 699 and let the majority rule.
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