Dear readers: CannaCentral is a website advocating the legalization of marijuana (link below). An author criticized our post on the dangers of marijuana and suggested that an editorial in the Los Angeles Times written by the Office on National Drug Control Policy was authored by us on their behalf (untrue).
The point of our rebuttal is that people who advocate the legalization of marijuana would better serve their cause if they did not engage in distortion. Citizens throughout the country must make decisions as to legalization or the lessening of criminal sanctions for the personal use of marijuana. They need straight-foward information to make informed decisions, not mindless advocacy.
Crime in America.Net.
I guess this is a rebuttal to a rebuttal. You made reference to our post in http://crimeinamerica.net regarding our article alleging that people do stupid things while high on marijuana and you alleged that it was written by staff at the National Office of Drug Control Policy. See http://cannacentral.com/news/a-rebuttal-to-crime-in-americas-anti-marijuana-commentary/comment-page-1/#comment-324.
Silly allegation. We do not know anyone at that office let alone write it in collusion. I’m sure that an e-mail to us or a call to them would have straightened that issue out.
We remain astounded that people on your side of the issue simply cannot admit the harm marijuana may cause and the refusal to admit that there is considerable evidence of marijuana’s connection to crime and a wide variety of social ills.
Wouldn’t your cause be better served by truth and honesty? What is so terrible in admitting that reasonable people want to know all the facts before they make decision as to legalization?
Are you so insecure as to your position that everything becomes a distortion? Are you so lose with your journalistic ethics that you would make a claim of authorship without checking the facts first?
If the pro-marijuana side cannot engage in a reasoned debate then let us tell you how to get people to support your side: don’t lie, hold yourself to ethical statements, admit the truth and let the public decide.
What is so terrible in having a reasoned discussion? What is so wrong in letting the American people decide?
Lots of states have approved activities that are perceived to be harmful and the personal use of marijuana might be one of them. But it will never happen unless advocates are willing to have an honest debate.
As to perceived inconsistencies as to our desire for no arrests/prosecutions/incarcerations for personal possession of marijuana and legalization (the criminal justice system has greater priorities considering massive budget cuts) it’s simple: legalization approves a behavior that may bring a lot of harm to a lot of people.
Your site (http://cannacentral.com/) expresses strong approval for a proposition that makes possession of marijuana a fineable offense but does not make it legal and you accuse us of inconsistencies?
To all those who want to make marijuana legal, please understand that you may win your cause. Just be honest within the confines of the debate.
If you listen to folks like Aaron, it won’t happen. It’s that simple.
Best, Adam Smith and the contributors to Crime in America.Net.