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SentLTE-Digest Wednesday, January 20 2016 Volume 16 : Number 002

001 LTE: Editorial: Try Civil Citations In Marijuana, 12 Jan 2016
    From: John Chase <>
002 LTE: Tampa Moves To Downgrade Pot Offense 12 Jan 2015
    From: John Chase <>
003 LTE: Re: El Chapo got caught. So what? (1-14-16)
    From: Kirk Muse <>
004 LTE: Letter to the Editor
    From: Kirk Muse <>


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Subj: 001 LTE: Editorial: Try Civil Citations In Marijuana, 12 Jan 2016
From: John Chase <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:51:53 -0800

Sent online to the Tampa Bay Times

Decriminalization of  marijuana is coming as a refreshing breeze. We 
Americans deal ourselves a triple-whammy when we enforce a law that 
makes a felony of behavior that is not criminal. First, the taxpayer 
money spent to enforce that law. Second, the loss to society of 
contributions the felon would have made if he had not been fighting the 
charge. Third, the loss of respect by the public for a criminal justice 
system that focuses on small offenses. There is a fourth reason, seldom 
mentioned. Under decriminalization, prosecutors will be less able to 
threaten an arrestee with a felony record to force the arrestee to 
assist in arresting other violators. Such undercover work is dangerous, 
best left to professionals. It is how Palm Harbor's Rachel Hoffman was 
killed in 2008 after she was arrested for selling pot from her apartment 
in Tallahassee.

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Subj: 002 LTE: Tampa Moves To Downgrade Pot Offense 12 Jan 2015
From: John Chase <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:20:07 -0800

Editors, Tampa Trib -

Re: Tampa Moves To Downgrade Pot Offense 12 Jan 2015

As we move toward decriminalization of marijuana, a caveat. While 
decriminalization will reduce the cost of enforcement and avoid 
upsetting the lives of arrestees, it will not reduce the violence, the 
murders, the drive-by shootings, the deaths of innocents caught in the 
crossfire, or the grisly murders south of the Rio Grande. Credit the 
'law of supply and demand' for all that. Demand will increase, owing to 
the reduced cost (i.e. just a ticket, not an arrest). Increased demand 
will increase price, other things being equal. This will add to the 
wealth and violence of the street market. And if enforcement shifts from 
users to suppliers, as many of our leaders say it must, price will rise 
even higher. This is why alcohol prohibition failed. We arrested 
bootleggers, but not drinkers. The 1920s was effect, a time of 
"decriminalized alcohol", and ended only when alcohol became legal and 
regulated again, in 1933.

It is very important to decriminalize marijuana, but know that it is 
just a first step in ending the violence and corruption inherent in 
enforcing prohibition against a substance that millions of Americans want.

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Subj: 003 LTE: Re: El Chapo got caught. So what? (1-14-16)
From: Kirk Muse <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:39:18 -0800

To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune:

Major kudos to Steve Chapman for his outstanding column: "El Chapo got 
caught. So what?" (1-14-16)

I'd like to add that arresting or killing a drug dealer or drug cartel 
leader has the same effect as
cutting off the top of a weed. It will grow back--stronger than ever.

The only real answer is full legalization.

Kirk Muse
1741 S. Clearview Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85209
(480) 396-3399

Thank you for considering this letter for publication.

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Subj: 004 LTE: Letter to the Editor
From: Kirk Muse <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:38:31 -0800

To the Editor of The East Valley Tribune:

With all the low-fat and non-fat items on our grocery store shelves American
waistlines must be slim and trim. But they are not. Why?

Because fat consumption does not make us fat. Only carbohydrates make us 
fat.
I urge the readers to search online and go toYoutube.com and search for the
terms: "Lard will make you lean" and "Eat more fat" and "Ketogenic diet."

In the last four years I have lost more that sixty pounds on a very high 
fat,
especially saturated fat, and very low carbohydrates. I don't go hungry.

I'd like to add that all of the for profit commercial weight loss programs
would have filed for bankruptcy decades ago if they actually worked to
cause their clients or customers to lose weight and keep it off. All 
commercial
weight loss programs have the same business model.

Their customers go on their program and temporally lose weight. The key
word is temporally. Then they go off the program and gain it all back and
then some. Then they repeat the process over and over.

Kirk Muse
1741 S. Clearview Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85209
(480) 396-3399

Thank you for considering this letter for publication.

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