US KS: PUB LTE: Black Market
Lawrence Journal-World, 26 Sep 2014 - To the editor: District Attorney Charles Branson said in an article on Sept. 7, that the real problem with selling marijuana in Lawrence is the armed invasion of the homes of people who sell marijuana. He said that in the last two years there have been 25 drug-related home invasions, and if you go back five years, three deaths occurred in these robberies.
US KS: PUB LTE: Marijuana Crimes
Lawrence Journal-World, 20 Sep 2014 - To the editor: Thanks for the article (Sept. 8) on our district attorney's attitude towards marijuana crimes. His acknowledgement that the black market (prohibition) creates potential danger for marijuana sellers is spot on, but his assertion that sellers are targeted by law enforcement for their own protection seems a bit off the mark - unless those his office has sent to prison are thanking Charles Branson for keeping them safe. Unlikely.
US KS: PUB LTE: The Cannabis Conundrum -- We Against Us
The Hays Daily News, 11 Aug 2014 - For decades a vast, uncontrolled experiment has been conducted across America. Cannabis -- or "marijuana" -- has been used for thousands of years as a medicine and sacrament. Colonial American landholders were required to grow it, mainly for its fiber, used in cordage for sailing ships.
US KS: LTE: Marijuana Is Not Medicine
Topeka Capital-Journal, 14 Jun 2014 - Like it or not, legal marijuana is heading our way with its associated problems. Several pro-marijuana bills have been introduced in the Missouri Legislature. Colorado has experienced more use among school kids, even using in school, a 100 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic fatalities, increased gang activity, pediatric marijuana poisonings and difficulty finding workers who can pass drug testing requirements. Now that Colorado has legalized it, pot from Colorado is clearly moving into Kansas. Where is the Food and Drug Administration while Colorado has become the Wild West related to pot-containing food and drugs?
US KS: PUB LTE: Prohibition On Marijuana A Failed Inquisition
Topeka Capital-Journal, 26 May 2014 - Part of the reason our federal government continues to treat marijuana like Kryptonite is the hiring criteria for federal jobs. Ignorance is a prerequisite for employment. The emphasis on "drug-free" backgrounds ensures that those least knowledgeable about the effects and use of illegal drugs are charged with enforcing federal laws against them. Anyone who has actually smoked marijuana knows the plant is not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as federal propaganda suggests.
US KS: Pot Petitioner Draws Supporters
Dodge City Daily Globe, 17 May 2014 - James "420 Jim" Stevens collected signatures on paper and on his motorhome during his trip to Washington through small town America. It came to him in a dream, like Martin Luther King had a dream, inspiring him to crisscross small towns across the country on his way to Washington, James "420 Jim" Stevens said in front of his rolling petition for federal marijuana legalization.
US KS: Editorial: Federal Money Wasted In Washington Marijuana Case
Topeka Capital-Journal, 12 May 2014 - People who try to stay abreast of the federal government's displays of wasteful spending and lack of judgment might want to take note of a pending trial in Spokane, Wash. Federal prosecutors there are seeking mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years each for a 70-year-old medical marijuana patient with no criminal history, three of his relatives and a family friend caught growing marijuana on some rural, mountainous property owned by the family.
US KS: PUB LTE: 'War On Drugs' Mentality Conflicts With Reality
Topeka Capital-Journal, 13 Apr 2014 - The arrest of Joaquin Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was described by Attorney General Eric Holder as a landmark achievement. Early in the "War on Drugs," spectacular arrests and sensational drug seizures were followed by pronouncements from law enforcement officials that communities were now safer with fewer drugs on the street. The purpose of those pronouncements was to provide validation for the war on drugs. There have been no such assessments following the arrest of Guzman.
US KS: PUB LTE: Legalize Pot
The University Daily Kansan, 09 Apr 2014 - Legalize pot. Tax it, get it out in the open and get some control over it. Stop using it as a means to incarcerate poor, often minority, young in order to fill the pockets of the privately owned penal system. Pot doesn't kill, alcohol does, through intoxicated, often enraged, drivers on our highways. Pot doesn't kill, nicotine does, through cancer and heart patients who swell our hospitals and overwhelm our health system. Pot does tend to make the user laid back and somewhat lazy, but I'll take that any day over an erratic drunk or a smoke snorting nicotine addict. Legalize pot. - - Beth Vannatta, Halstead. - --- MAP posted-by: Jo-D