Pubdate: Sat, 02 Apr 2011 Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Bozeman Daily Chronicle Contact: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1686 Author: Ronald Dyson GOP IS PUSHING OUR KIDS INTO THE ARMS OF CRIMINALS Republicans are pushing our children into the arms of criminals. It is well known that marijuana is a young person's drug, and most teenagers experiment with it. By destroying the medical marijuana industry, Republicans are throwing away millions of dollars and pushing cannabis back onto the black market, a criminal enterprise that leads our children to much worse things. Today they go to a dispensary and enjoy legal protection. If the Republicans have their way, our kids will be forced into the shadows, into the underground. If they are caught with marijuana, they go to jail and it goes on their permanent record, affecting their future. If marijuana becomes vilified again it will look even more attractive to children who are looking to be different. Since Republicans killed medical marijuana, the kids will have to go see the local drug dealer who will try to get them to engage in criminal behavior and introduce them to hard drugs like cocaine and meth. A few individuals are responsible for this mess, but we can let them know that tyranny will not be tolerated. The citizens of Montana want regulation for the medical marijuana industry, but no reasonable person wants to see a billion-dollar industry destroyed. People support medicinal marijuana because it is the easiest way to provide a stepping stone around federal law. Cannabis use is not criminal behavior. When people voted in 2004, they knew what they were doing; they were protecting innocent lives from incarceration. The law has worked exactly as intended. It protects people from having their lives ruined by the justice system. Marijuana is less dangerous than aspirin, and it is time for people to give up the tired old biases. Opposition comes from simple bigotry. Ronald Dyson Bozeman - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.