Clergy Supports Effort To Legalize Marijuana

  Clergy Supports Effort To Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on October 04, 2006 at 05:50:13 PT
By Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capital Bureau 
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Carson City -- Sister Toni Woodson believes Nevada's marijuana laws encourage criminal activity.The Roman Catholic nun, who lives in Henderson, would like to see those laws replaced with a system in which the state regulates sales of marijuana. Such a change would remove the drug from the criminal market and restrict sales to adults older than 21, she said.
Newshawk: Global_Warming Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)Author: Ed Vogel, Review-Journal Capital BureauPublished: October 4, 2006Copyright: 2006 Las Vegas Review-JournalContact: letters reviewjournal.comWebsite: http://www.reviewjournal.comRelated Articles & Web Site:Regulate and Control Marijuana Leaders Making Case for Legalizing Pot Leaders Unite on Marijuana Initiative Initiative: Internal Poll Finds Support
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on October 04, 2006 at 19:33:26 PT
Human beings really are amazing creatures. You're welcome.
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Comment #10 posted by Toker00 on October 04, 2006 at 19:24:25 PT
It's amazing what a person can endure in life, and still remain sane. But then, you would know about that. Thanks for caring.Toke
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Comment #9 posted by RevRayGreen on October 04, 2006 at 17:01:20 PT:
Email Wilton IA to enourage medical marijuana/decrim ordinance there......Iowa
If you found out one of your best friends was selling marijuana, would it change your opinion of your friend or the marijuana? It sounds like some people in little Wilton, Iowa, are struggling with the news that their mayor, Dick Summy, has been arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana. It's a pretty serious deal for the 56-year-old. Trafficking is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Violating the state's tax-stamp law is a Class D felony and carries a maximum sentence of five years. And Sean McCullough, a supervisor for the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Narcotics Enforcement Division, said Monday that more charges could be coming. He didn't get into the specific evidence the state has against Summy but said, "We have enough evidence to lead to the arrest. "His drug network spread over the Des Moines area," he added. The mayor's alleged drug dealings still are under investigation, he said, but the Polk County end of things is wrapped up. "Additional arrests, if any, would be closer to home," McCullough said, referring to the Wilton area. Some of the mayor's peers had a surprising reaction to the news. Richard Garrison, the councilman who is filling in for him as mayor, called Summy "a nice, honorable person" and said he would "give him a hug" if he could. The city attorney reminded folks the mayor's only been charged -- not convicted. It's a safe bet that the mayor of a town the size of Wilton ( about 2,900 ) has friends and enemies. In fact, we know from recent history that he got sideways with the former police chief over an incident involving another cop. Ultimately, the chief resigned. And surely there are residents of Wilton, about 40 miles west of the Quad-Cities, who have some kind of bone to pick with the mayor. That's just how it works in small towns. But it's the people who are rushing to Summy's defense that interest me. It's a get-in-their-heads kind of desire, wondering how a person decides whether to stand by somebody who's accused of doing something they ordinarily would find disdainful. Are some of the people of a town that the U.S. Census Bureau says is almost entirely white and has only a 12.6 percent divorce rate now reconsidering their views on marijuana? Is it possible that a crime once instantly dismissed as worthy of a decade in prison could now seem somehow explainable? Somehow not so bad? It'll probably depend on the details. If the cops say Summy was delivering pounds of pot to an elderly group of glaucoma sufferers in Des Moines, he may get some backing. If it turns out he was dealing to college students in Iowa City, things could go the other way. A year-long investigation by state narcotics agents is a fairly generous investment that will no doubt produce even more town tongue-wagging as details emerge. The mayor will no doubt keep some friends. Maybe he'll lose some, too. A 56-year-old mayor from a small Iowa town doesn't fit the dope dealer profile. And maybe that's what some find forgivable? 
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Comment #8 posted by global_warming on October 04, 2006 at 09:45:17 PT
another for the list the poll..Legalize It.Yes=1289
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 04, 2006 at 09:33:42 PT
It's good to see you.
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on October 04, 2006 at 09:26:07 PT
Cathouses to Cannabis Cafes. Good Idea, Nevada!
I wonder how many fewer illegal tricks have been turned in Nevada since they legalized prostitution? I wonder how many women have been spared rape by frustrated horny men because of the availability of legal p****? How many women have not been beaten because of the "Legal" atmosphere of cathouses? No one wants to go to jail for having sex. And no one wants to go to jail for smoking a joint. Legalize and regulate so no one has to get caught in the cross-hairs of a sour drug deal. Legalized prostitution has saved and protected these fine ladies who provide what is NEEDED. It has kept them out of jail, the John's satisfied, and the service rendered. Legalize cannabis and protect the children AND adults from gross violation of their personal and civil rights, and the dangers that go with Black Market Drugs. It's the same dangers you removed with legalizing sex. Stop creating criminals, and release the innocent from your Fascist Prisons!Wage Peace on War! END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 04, 2006 at 07:58:36 PT
Thanks for the support on my opinion. I love my sister very much but she doesn't like so many things and thinks they need to be fixed. 
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Comment #4 posted by Dankhank on October 04, 2006 at 07:54:43 PT
Cops ......
FoMyou're absolutely correct ....Cops whould not be allowed to have opinions on public policy.Rephrase, should not offer opinions on public policy.give statistics, nothing else.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 04, 2006 at 07:35:11 PT
I would never listen to anyone in law enforcement. When we pick a career we have reasons. Anyone in law enforcement has a superiority complex and wants to control people or they wouldn't go into that profession. My sister is a retired police woman and a diehard Republican and she is much more strict about controlling things then I am. I don't think I'm wrong about my thoughts.
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Comment #2 posted by BGreen on October 04, 2006 at 07:28:40 PT
It's the cops that can't catch the burglars
There's no money in catching thieves, so the cops ignore them and tell the victims "that's what insurance is for."Law enforcement has less credibility than even the GOP (gross old perverts.)The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on October 04, 2006 at 07:19:52 PT
what about gambling or prostitution mr lawman
He said the argument that Nevada should legalize marijuana because laws have not stopped the use of the drug, is like saying the state should legalize burglary because laws have not stopped burglars.Olsen asserted that passage of Question 7 isn't going to end the illegal dealing of drugs, or keep marijuana out of the hands of children."It isn't going to stop drug-pushing," he said.
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