Pubdate: Sun, 16 Feb 2014
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2014 The Dallas Morning News, Inc.
Author: Glen Davis

More Than a Whiff of Controversy


Re: "Libertarians, you've lost me on weed - Name one societal benefit 
of legalizing marijuana, Mark Davis challenges. You can't." Wednesday 

At last, after more than a decade of columns from Mr. Davis (no 
relation), he has finally come down on the same side of an issue as 
me. No, not the one in his column's title, the isolationist policy of 
libertarians he mentions as the only two issues keeping him from 
whole-heartedly embracing their philosophy.

On the marijuana issue ole Mark is, as is par for the course for him, 
on the wrong side of common sense and intelligent discourse. He 
challenges anyone to provide one, just one, "societal benefit" 
proceeding from the legalization of pot. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel.

Mark, let's try prison sentences just for starters, especially those 
in effect during the years when you graciously admit that you, too, 
imbibed. It doesn't take a whole lot of marijuana in possession to 
qualify one for a multi-year stay in one of the numerous TDC 
facilities around the state.

The tone of Mr. Davis' column could lead one to believe that he would 
not object to repeating history and ruining the lives thousands of 
men and women for merely possessing enough pot to make one joint too many.

Glen Davis, Whitesboro
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