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Prosecutors are urged to fight against legalizing drugs like marijuana
Standard Democrat(Mississippi) | 12/29/02 | Scott Welton

Posted on 01/02/2003 5:17:17 AM PST by Sparta

BENTON - Prosecutors around the country are being urged to take a stand against attempts to legalize or decriminalize controlled substances - in particular, marijuana.

“Those who support drug legalization are well funded and highly adept at manipulating the media,” reads a Nov. 1 letter to prosecutors from the president of the National District Attorneys Association, Dan M. Alsobrooks. “And they do not mind deceiving the American public as well.”

The letter warns of “incremental victories” by those in favor of legalizing drugs and notes the “key role” local prosecutors play in anti-drug efforts.

Included with the letter was an open letter also dated Nov. 1 from Scott M. Burns, deputy director for state and local affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, urging prosecutors “to take a stand publicly and tell Americans the truth” about marijuana and warning of “deceptive campaigns to normalize and ultimately legalize the use of marijuana.”

“I think it would be a nightmare to legalize it,” agreed Scott County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Boyd. “It would lead to so many more people out there high operating machinery and other things.” Boyd will be sworn in as the next county prosecutor at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Of the 16 million drug users in America, 77 percent use marijuana and 60 percent of teenagers in treatment have a primary marijuana diagnosis, according to Burns. “No drug matches the threat posed by marijuana.”

Marijuana, Burns writes in the letter, is not harmless but has risen as a factor in emergency room visits 176 percent since 1994, surpassing heroin.

Burns writes of the increasing potency of marijuana and its addictive properties in addition to being a “gateway drug” for many people.

“I would agree that marijuana is a gateway drug to hardcore drugs,” Boyd said. Marijuana is “the great seducer,” Boyd said, because “it breaks down a person’s defense to say ‘no’ to the harder drugs.”

John McMinn of Charleston, administrator for the Circuit 33 Drug Court, also agrees that marijuana remains a problem for the courts.

According to National Institute of Justice statistics on arrests, 39 percent of the males and 26 percent of the females test positive for marijuana, and 53 percent of male juveniles and 38 percent of female juveniles test positive. “Roughly 80 percent of adult offenders in the 33rd Circuit Court come in with some kind of a drug issue be it alcohol or some other drug,” McMinn said.

“More people enter drug treatment every year because of marijuana as their drug of choice,” he added.

McMinn said a 2001 study of students in grades 8-10 showed 20 percent of 8th graders had used marijuana and 9 percent were current users, defined as having used the drug within the past 30 days. By the 12th grade, nearly half of the students had tried marijuana and 22 percent were current users.

McMinn does think research on medicinal and therapeutic properties should be pursued: “There is still so much research left to be done regarding the use of marijuana - the good and the bad.”

However, “there are other drugs that will work as well as marijuana,” he added, with some of the alternatives being more addictive and others that are just as effective while being safer.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Mississippi
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Job protection at its worst.
1 posted on 01/02/2003 5:17:17 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
“Those who support drug legalization criminalization are well funded and highly adept at manipulating the media,” reads a Nov. 1 letter to prosecutors from the president of the National District Attorneys Association, Dan M. Alsobrooks. “And they do not mind deceiving the American public as well.”

Must have been a typo there.

2 posted on 01/02/2003 5:20:27 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Sparta
The hysteria is ratcheted up a notch with the threat of job loss. The possibility of easy convictions is a real career breaker.
3 posted on 01/02/2003 5:21:05 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: Sparta
. “And they do not mind deceiving the American public as well.”

This, from a lawyer.

4 posted on 01/02/2003 5:21:27 AM PST by thepitts
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To: Sparta
Included with the letter was an open letter also dated Nov. 1 from Scott M. Burns, deputy director for state and local affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, urging prosecutors “to take a stand publicly and tell Americans the truth” about marijuana...

Yeah, I'd like to see these guys teel the truth, for once.

5 posted on 01/02/2003 5:23:25 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Sparta
“No drug matches the threat posed by marijuana.”

I guess alcohol is not a drug.

6 posted on 01/02/2003 5:24:19 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Sparta
BENTON - Prosecutors around the country are being urged to take a stand against attempts to legalize or decriminalize controlled substances - in particular, marijuana.
Nothing arouses the ire of a government employee more than the prospect of the dimunation of their scope of authority.

-Eric

7 posted on 01/02/2003 5:25:25 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: Sparta
“I would agree that marijuana is a gateway drug to hardcore drugs,” Boyd said. Marijuana is “the great seducer,” Boyd said, because “it breaks down a person’s defense to say ‘no’ to the harder drugs.”

That's just utterly biased conjecture. In Amsterdam, where marijuana use has been de facto legalized, the experience has been just the opposite. Use of harder drugs have gone down significantly.

8 posted on 01/02/2003 5:32:21 AM PST by tdadams
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To: Sparta
Two words come to mind after reading this pig slop. BULL$HIT!
9 posted on 01/02/2003 5:34:57 AM PST by HELLRAISER II
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To: HELLRAISER II
Two words come to mind after reading this pig slop. BULL$HIT!

Like this particularly erroneous statistic?

Marijuana, Burns writes in the letter, is not harmless but has risen as a factor in emergency room visits 176 percent since 1994, surpassing heroin.

11 posted on 01/02/2003 5:44:44 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Sparta
How is it that prosecutors and attorneys-general, who are paid by the State and who nominally serve the public by enforcing the law, are permitted to engage in this kind of campaign without at least having their motives and ethics questioned by the press?

Pro-life politicians are constantly required to face such questions as: "How could you, with your views, enforce our current laws defending the right to choose?" Pro-gun politicians are constantly required to face this one: "How can someone of your views be trusted to enforce our gun laws?"

Well, pro-Drug War prosecutors who choose to step into the political fray, here's one for you -- a bit milder than the above, but at least as important: If citizen initiatives were to overturn the laws against the possession, sale and use of marijuana, or some other currently controlled substance, how could we trust you, with your views, to defend the rights of those whose conduct had been legalized thereby?

Take your time.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason:
http://palaceofreason.com

12 posted on 01/02/2003 5:48:47 AM PST by fporretto
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To: ActionNewsBill
" tell Americans the truth” about marijuana

By making films like "Reefer Madness"?

13 posted on 01/02/2003 5:56:41 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: tdadams
We used to smoke marijuana in college 1969-1973 and that did NOT lead to harder drugs! We mostly smoked it on the weekends and we did NOT drive after smoking. We sat around in a living room and smoked. The people who use harder drugs do so without smoking pot, too. I don't smoke now because I had three kids - [grown kids now]. I didn't want to risk losing my kids. I didn't want to be influence on my kids, regarding smoking cigarettes or using illegal drugs, even just pot. Now that they are grown they know that their parents smoked pot in college. It is no big deal to them now. I would still smoke it if it became legal. Instead of a Friday night martini I might smoke a joint. Oh no! Oh my!
14 posted on 01/02/2003 5:58:12 AM PST by buffyt
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To: Blood of Tyrants
a magazine, I think Newsweek, had a major article about pot this year. It said that they tested today's pot and it isn't any stronger than pot was thirty years ago. The reports that pot is 12 times stronger now than 30 years ago is a LIE. Pot is pot. The article was a long one and worth reading. They also gave the good medicinal purposes for pot, THC. It was a very interesting article and I am much more positive about pot now after reading it.
15 posted on 01/02/2003 6:00:26 AM PST by buffyt
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To: Arthur Koestler
Guess what? They did everything they could to keep the data from becoming public.

Our duly elected representatives surely wouldn't use public tax money to conduct research, and then hide the results from the people who paid for it, just because it threatens to undermine their authority, would they?

16 posted on 01/02/2003 6:00:56 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: buffyt
a magazine, I think Newsweek, had a major article about pot this year. It said that they tested today's pot and it isn't any stronger than pot was thirty years ago.

Obvious Leftist propaganda! (/sarcasm)

At least that's what the drug warriors here will say.

17 posted on 01/02/2003 6:12:16 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Dane; Kevin Curry
By making films like "Reefer Madness"?

Dane and Curry think that that film was/is factual. They still get most of their views on pot from repeated viewing of the film.

18 posted on 01/02/2003 6:14:23 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: fporretto
Well, pro-Drug War prosecutors who choose to step into the political fray, here's one for you -- a bit milder than the above, but at least as important: If citizen initiatives were to overturn the laws against the possession, sale and use of marijuana, or some other currently controlled substance, how could we trust you, with your views, to defend the rights of those whose conduct had been legalized thereby?
Take your time.

Softballs. Feh. How about a real question:

If the opponents of one of the citizen initiatives you are denouncing gets caught engaging in bribery, vote fraud, or other such crimes, how can we trust you to prosecute them effectively?

You have five minutes.

19 posted on 01/02/2003 6:16:50 AM PST by steve-b
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To: tacticalogic
No, our duly elected representatives (Such as Patty Murray) are too busy praising OBL.
20 posted on 01/02/2003 6:16:57 AM PST by Gorons
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To: Sparta
Good God, this was embarrassing to read. Note to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: it's not the 1930s any more. People can actually get their own "information" about marijuana on this little thing called the "Internet."
21 posted on 01/02/2003 6:17:16 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Arthur Koestler
"They did everything they could to keep the data from becoming public. It would be funny if it wasn't tragic."

Good point, Newbie...MUD

22 posted on 01/02/2003 6:17:34 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: E Rocc
The prosecuter gig is the first rung on the ladder. Collect enough scalps, impress the right people, make the right contacts, scratch the right backs: bigger and better things are on the way. State AG? Governor? US con-gress?
23 posted on 01/02/2003 6:17:37 AM PST by banjo joe
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To: Arthur Koestler
Guess what? They found that potheads are the LEAST likely to get in accidents and LEAST likely to drive in a manner to get pulled over and get a ticket......

You wouldn't happen to have a link to this research, would you? Not calling you out or anything, just interested . . .

24 posted on 01/02/2003 6:18:38 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Sparta; Landru; EdZep; heavyd; MarkWar
"Job protection at its worst."

Excellent point...without the abysmal failure of the WarOnSomeDrugs, these prosecutors might haveta prosecute some real criminals and not folks smoking a weed in the privacy of their own home.

Marijuana will be De-Criminalized at the Federal Level by the end of Dubyuh's second term...SITYS!!

FReegards...MUD

25 posted on 01/02/2003 6:21:17 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Sparta
Marijuana, Burns writes in the letter, is not harmless but has risen as a factor in emergency room visits 176 percent since 1994, surpassing heroin.[emphasis added]

Emergency rooms are the most expensive form of medicine there is. The dopers who end up there don't pay the full tabs or even a substantial portion of the tabs for these visits. Other people do, whether as taxpayers or via increased insurance premiums.

Dopers and socialism go together like screws and nuts.

26 posted on 01/02/2003 6:22:31 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: ActionNewsBill
I've never met anyone that got hurt much less sent to the Emergency room when they were stoned. Alcohol is a different story, these stats are Crap.
27 posted on 01/02/2003 6:23:56 AM PST by HELLRAISER II
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To: Mudboy Slim
Marijuana will be De-Criminalized at the Federal Level by the end of Dubyuh's second term...SITYS!!

And all the pro-dope ersatz conservatives posting here will cheer the dawning of a new age of nanny state socialism.

29 posted on 01/02/2003 6:24:13 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
People can actually get their own "information" about marijuana on this little thing called the "Internet."

You've convinced me. If its on the Internet, it must be true, right?

30 posted on 01/02/2003 6:25:58 AM PST by strela
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To: HELLRAISER II
I've never met anyone that got hurt much less sent to the Emergency room when they were stoned. Alcohol is a different story, these stats are Crap.

So, what you personally have seen (or wanted to see) constitutes a valid statistical sampling? LOL!

Your anecdotal opinion is crap.

31 posted on 01/02/2003 6:26:18 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: Kevin Curry
The dopers who end up there don't pay the full tabs or even a substantial portion of the tabs for these visits. Other people do, whether as taxpayers or via increased insurance premiums.

Your proof?

32 posted on 01/02/2003 6:27:21 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Kevin Curry
Hook, line, sinker.
33 posted on 01/02/2003 6:27:41 AM PST by jayef
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To: strela
You've convinced me. If its on the Internet, it must be true, right?

Yes, especially if it comes from me. Would you like to buy some farmland in Argentina from me? I'll give you an excellent price.

34 posted on 01/02/2003 6:28:26 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: buffyt
Actually, I think that doing drugs is stupid. And so is bungee jumping and playing your stereo so loud that it damages your hearing but I am not so anal as to try to pass a law preventing you from doing so.
36 posted on 01/02/2003 6:31:11 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Kevin Curry
"Marijuana, Burns writes in the letter, is not harmless but has risen as a factor in emergency room visits 176 percent since 1994,surpassing heroin.[emphasis added]" It would be helpful if they included the actual numbers that make up the percentages. In 1994 were there 10,000 emergency room visits and now there are over 25,000 per year?
37 posted on 01/02/2003 6:31:43 AM PST by TBall
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To: steve-b
Softballs. Feh.

Ha! Well, yes, but I'm a nice guy, and besides, it's only January 2. I need a little time to get that holiday glow out of my system. I will grant, though, that your inquiry cuts rather deeply, and should be posed to prosecutors, or other politicians, who campaign against citizen initiatives -- any citizen initiatives.

By the way, why don't we have provisions for citizen recall in most states and municipal districts? Or am I being inflammatory?

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason:
http://palaceofreason.com

38 posted on 01/02/2003 6:31:51 AM PST by fporretto
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
Would you like to buy some farmland in Argentina from me? I'll give you an excellent price.

Only if I can use some prime Florida wetland that happens to be in my family as collateral. You could start a gator farm or buy one of those airboats and be a country squire on your own little fiefdom.

39 posted on 01/02/2003 6:32:22 AM PST by strela
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To: Kevin Curry
Have you ever worked in a Hospital? No you haven't, well I have and my best friend is a Paramedic so just like I said these stats are Bull$hit, just like your paranoid opinion.
40 posted on 01/02/2003 6:32:48 AM PST by HELLRAISER II
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To: strela
Hmmm . . . that sounds really tempting. Let me fire up this bone whilst I whip out my wallet . . .
41 posted on 01/02/2003 6:34:19 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Kevin Curry
Kevin, socialism and trying to control people goes together like screws and nuts. You claim that money is the reason you oppose the legalization of drugs. What if a law were passed that prevented public money from being used to treat dopers? Would you support it then?
42 posted on 01/02/2003 6:34:56 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Kevin Curry
And all the pro-dope ersatz conservatives posting here will cheer the dawning of a new age of nanny state socialism.

What is wrong with allowing individual states decide how they will treat the recreation use of drugs?

43 posted on 01/02/2003 6:36:49 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Blood of Tyrants
What if a law were passed that prevented public money from being used to treat dopers? Would you support it then?

If he won't, I will. Nothing pisses me off more than someone stealing my money to pay the freight for people who can't handle themselves.

44 posted on 01/02/2003 6:37:20 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: Sparta
My, George Soros's blind and groping little liberdopian nanny socialist wasps are angry this morning. Whack their mud nest with the stick of truth and watch them go beserk.
45 posted on 01/02/2003 6:39:12 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: Sparta
On the one hand I don't care for drugs and their "legalization" but on the other I don't care for the federal government meddling in what should be a state/local issue. I never really did much research since it didn't concern me, but I was always under the impression that drugs weren't explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, therefore they should be decided at the state level.
46 posted on 01/02/2003 6:39:18 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Gorons
No, our duly elected representatives (Such as Patty Murray) are too busy praising OBL.

Well, that's a relief. For a moment there, I was beginning to think we couldn't trust them.

47 posted on 01/02/2003 6:39:19 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
While i'm for legalization of Pot I would still agree with this statement, one reason is that Pot is not Physically addictive and I don't condone nor support legalization of Narcotics which are the people that end needing this help.
48 posted on 01/02/2003 6:39:51 AM PST by HELLRAISER II
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To: cynaman; buffyt; Hemingway's Ghost
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug. If it weren't, nobody would bother taking it. It is a dangerous drug that has landed people in the hospital.

And of course it is a gateway. Just think about it, even on the purely psychological level. Not to mention the fact that friends who smoke pot are more likely to have stronger drugs that they will, in social situations, pressure people to take, or even, as happened to me, put stronger drugs in a supposed reefer.

Buffyt, the fact that you wrote "Pot is pot" disqualifies you from participation in any future discussion of the subject. The greenest novice knows that there are widely varying strengths, and the reasons why.

The Internet will tell you anything you have itching ears to know, by the way. As conservatives, we should all know that.

49 posted on 01/02/2003 6:40:06 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Kevin Curry; OWK; jla
"...all the pro-dope ersatz conservatives posting here will cheer the dawning of a new age of nanny state socialism."

How so, my pro-WOSD FRiend? Anybody who wants pot now can get it whenever they want it...do you really believe the nonsense that marijuana usage will go up dramatically when marijuana is legalized?! And even if it does--which I don't believe, BTW--do you really believe the nonsense that potheads will all become wards of the State?!

Seriously, dude, yer arguments ring shallow to anyone who ain't drinking the BigGuv'mentKoolAid...MUD

50 posted on 01/02/2003 6:41:23 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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