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Legalize Marijuana, Because God Says So

Millions of North Americans are hoping California re-legalizes the relatively safe, God-given plant cannabis (marijuana). Tom Danehy (April 1) likes to lump cannabis in with "drugs," but upon observation, many citizens notice it's a plant. Plant, as in Christ God Our Father, The Ecologician, indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page of the Bible (Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30).

It's time to stop caging responsible adults for using what God says is good.

Stan White


Legalizing Drugs Leads to Lower Drug-Use Rates

I'm writing about Randy Serraglio,'s outstanding column (April 15). Of course, many drug-war cheerleaders will proclaim that if we re-legalized all of the drugs the cartels deal in the United States, drug use and abuse will skyrocket.

In the Netherlands, where marijuana has been quasi-legal for several decades, the Dutch use marijuana at less than half of the rate Americans do. And they use heroin at less than a third of the rate Americans do. (See www.drugwarfacts.org/thenethe.htm.)

In 2001, Portugal abolished all criminal penalties for personal possession of all drugs. Have the rates of drug use and abuse skyrocketed in Portugal? No, they have fallen.

In 1994, Switzerland started an experimental program to sell heroin addicts the drug at very low cost, even giving it to the addicts who couldn't afford it. In 2008, 68 percent of the Swiss voted to make the program permanent. Have Swiss heroin-addiction rates skyrocketed? No, they have fallen dramatically. So has their overall crime rate.

So, claims that if our now-illegal drugs are re-legalized, drug use and abuse will skyrocket are totally bogus.

Kirk Muse


Vote Against Prop 100 to Help Us Balance Budgets ... Wait, What?!

The proponents of Proposition 100 whine about Arizona losing jobs and $442.5 million in federal matching funds if it's not passed. Jim Nintzel refers to Goldwater Institute studies about job losses as bullshit ("Pass the Sales Tax, and Save Jobs!" The Skinny, April 15). The proponents also whine about unfunded costs being passed on to the counties and cities if Prop 100 doesn't pass.

Isn't this very deceiving and hypocritical? Who's bullshitting who? It's apparently OK for Arizona to pass on costs to the feds, but not for the state to pass on costs to the counties/cities. At least 53 percent of us pay federal income taxes to help support the 47 percent who don't. In addition, our leaders in Washington, D.C. (both parties) have run up a current national debt of $12.4 trillion—that's more than $40,000 for each of the 307 million Americans. Furthermore, we have unfunded entitlements on the books, e.g., Medicare and Social Security, which have a present value of $60 trillion, or $195,000 per person of four. Double these amounts if you are part of the half of the country who actually pays income taxes.

We'll be the ones paying off the federal debt after corporation taxes are reduced to zero. If we really cared about our children and grandchildren, we would balance the budgets now and pay off the debts we created. Vote no on Prop 100.

Tom Sander


Both Dems and Republicans Have Supported the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

Thank you for your recent coverage on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan ("Protection With Teeth," Currents, April 15). This set of policies, which integrate habitat and species protection with urban growth and development throughout Pima County, has transformed the way that the county does business, and has been a breath of fresh air after decades of facilitating sprawl from mountain range to mountain range.

However, there was a glaring misstatement attributed to me. The sentiment that the success of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan is due to the Democrats alone is false. For their many differences on policy issues, Republicans and Democrats alike have stood together as fierce supporters of the conservation plan policies since their adoption into the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2001. This broad support is perhaps the most shining example of the SDCP's vision.

With the endangered-species permit approval looming in the near future, and the "devil being in the details," I can only hope (and assume) that this Board of Supervisors will continue its longstanding support for strong and permanent conservation measures.

Carolyn Campbell

Executive director, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection


Correction

In the photo caption for the Live review of Okie Dokie Karaoke (April 22), we mixed up the two people identified. Tony McMillen was the gentleman in white, and Paul Jenkins was the gentleman wearing brown. We apologize for the mistake.

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