A small Nevada gambling resort just south of the Idaho state border called Jackpot intends to set up recreational cannabis dispensaries. An editorial by Stephen Hartgen in an Idaho newspaper exposes the impending peril and doom Idaho residents and its public officials feel as cannabis intrudes upon their comfort zone:
â€¦itâ€™s a fair question whether marijuana sales on Southern Idahoâ€™s border is a good social move. The Elko County sheriff says Idaho law enforcement sees the issue as one of Nevadaâ€™s politics, not one of Idahoâ€™s concernâ€¦. That sends a clear signal, does it not, that Idaho may not set out to quash incoming traffic.
Still, the costs to Idaho by increased marijuana availability arenâ€™t hard to spot: more drug arrests, jail expenses, law enforcement staffing, plus the well-established linkage of marijuana use to a host of other criminal and socially irresponsible behaviors.
Yea, weâ€™ve heard all the arguments. Recreational marijuana use is a personal thing; it doesnâ€™t affect anyone else; would open up â€œnewâ€ business, etc. But privately, law enforcement officers, social workers, medical professionals and educators will mostly tell you thereâ€™s an obvious link from marijuana use to other crimes. [â€¦]
You donâ€™t have to look far to see marijuana use as an underlying feature of many social and criminal activity. As part of its recent investigation, Oregon police learned last week that the antifa killer in the Portland shooting had sent a text message to his teenage son that read, â€œSell me the gun for a quarter pound of weed and $100 Iâ€™m getting tired of this shxx. I need a piece now.â€ (Oregonian, 9/4). Interesting that the â€œteenage sonâ€ has both access to firearms and drugs. Such goes modern parenting. [â€¦]
Despite his misgivings about cannabis, credit is due to Stephen Hartgen for giving the world a heads-up that Idaho law enforcement views marijuana convictions as an excellent way to arrest otherwise innocent people and felonize them for life before they actually do anything thatâ€™s criminal in nature.