To the Valley News:
I would first like to sincerely thank the Valley News for a positive and objective write up about pot laws and especially for choosing to print the letter from Ms. Gail Durand regarding “bad” weed. It was a perfect example of how ignorant even the most successful and educated amoung us are about marijuana. I’m not writing to speak of the medical benefits, or increased tax revenues for legalized pot, or to point out how the sky has not yet fallen on Washington state or Colorado. I am writing simply to point out some of the literal absurdities in Ms. Durand’s six paragraphs. And WOW, there are many to choose from.
For starters, she offers us her “anecdotal evidence” as to why pot is bad. Ma’am, the term anecdotal evidence is used to contrast scientific evidence. Which, truth be told, was a perfect way to begin your absurd letter. In her next paragraph, Ms. Durand makes mention to marijuana intoxication being cumulative and carrying on for two weeks. Please tell us where you get your pot, as any I have tried never seemed to last quite that long.
Next, she admits to us that she worked for the Deportation arm of the INS. I’ve been to Philadelphia. To me, it looks like she is telling us the only two stories about deportations that ever happened in her city! Philly is packed to the rim with illegal and undocumented persons which, if I were you, I certainly wouldn’t brag about. But, I digress, one of those illegals had “PCP sprinkled on his hemp” and tried to jump out a window. Ma’am, nobody reading these words wishes to see PCP legalized or available. You are describing a problem with PCP, not pot. There has been NOT ONE case of contaminated medical or recreational pot. Ever. Laced pot is a problem of the black market that you apparently seem to be so comfortable with. Also, thank you for your lesson in dangerous drugs, Doctor Durand, but, I’m also certain that no person reading this would ever combine PCP with Thorazine. Especially if we had legal access to marijuana! Who needs booze or pills after you try a taste of New York City Sour Diesel!!
Then we have your second anecdotal evidence example about a Jamaican who seemed high. Ma’am, are you aware that you are insulting and trivializing one of the sacred sacraments of the Rastafari religion? I’m certain that this Jamaican man would be more respectful of your Christian friends silly beliefs.Your Christian friends who attend churches where alcoholic beverages are passed around as Jesus blood. Also, how comical that you mentioned the jail facilities in which he was detained had no “drug canteen privileges.” Ms. Durand, are you kidding me that you believe drugs aren’t available behind bars? Good lord, my friends who regularly smoke weed are much more down to earth, based in reality, and far more scientifically literate and socially aware than you appear to be based upon your letter and message contained within it. The further I read into the body of your letter, the more I am thankful that people with opinions like yours are now considered “the fringe,” and also somewhat comical. If persons like you would just stop with your marijuana silliness, then the lawmakers might actually help the police to finally make a dent in the flow of heroin, opiate pills, or meth. Right now, police are too busy picking the low hanging fruit (petty marijuana crimes, grow room busting, possession, etc) to be able to stop or even slow the never-ending flow of opiates plaguing our society today. And meth...then there’s meth. Are you kidding me that you are still hung up on pot? Have you read a newspaper since 1970-something?
I would like to make it perfectly clear that I fully support your right to never consume cannabis. Though along your lines of thinking, it would only be fair to force you with the threat of law enforcement to smoke some pot! Turn about is fair play, no? How outrageous you say? Well, you have no more right to impose your beliefs on me than I do on you! Please, Ma’am, save your letters to the editor for topics you know something about. We are truly embarrassed for you.