In the Vail Daily, Robert F. Hickey hits one out of the park.
First, from a professional perspective, let me say that in treating thousands of people who have become victims of their use of alcohol and other drugs since 1970, I have never treated a marijuana addict. I have never been called to an emergency room to treat an out-of-control or violent marijuana user. I have never completed a court-ordered evaluation for a defendant who was accused of domestic violence as a result of marijuana use. I have never heard of five or six law enforcement officers being needed to tackle, control or otherwise subdue a crazed marijuana user.
Marijuana is not a narcotic! That is a law enforcement characterization, not a medical, biological or chemical classification.
Contrary to quotes in Mr. Sims’ letter by Kevin Sabet, special adviser, Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana is not a dangerous drug which causes documented health and social problems.
Where is the documentation? The only documentation of social problems are those which arise from the prohibition of marijuana and the 750,000 subsequent arrests for possession of small amounts of the plant each year.
The social problems come as a result of the billions of dollars spent each year by law enforcement agencies across the country.
The social problems come from the inequities of law enforcement against minorities in the country. African-Americans are five to 10 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, yet on a per capita basis, whites use marijuana in greater numbers than all minorities. As Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP said recently, â€œ … being caught up in the criminal justice system does more harm to young people than marijuana itself.â€
And by what authority does Sabet dictate that marijuana â€œshould not be subject to voter approval for its useâ€?
There’s more. Great job, Mr. Hickey.