Think about it, man
To me there seems to be only one question to debate: Is it a criminal act to smoke or be in possession of marijuana (“Pakalolo Proposals,” Jan. 23)? If I agree it is a criminal act, then it follows that I believe that anyone who engages in this activity should be apprehended and punished by our legal system for their action.
If the answer is no, then it is important to decriminalize the act. If decriminalized, then the other issues are a moot point. There is no need for a special dispensary or doctor’s prescription. Taxation would legally follow if marijuana were grown as a cash crop. And there are laws already in place to protect individuals who do not want to inhale secondhand smoke in public areas.
I believe it is important to weigh carefully, put myself in the place of the jury–would I take away another individual’s freedom because they smoke or possess marijuana?
A. Zellinger North Shore, HI