Money grows on marijuana plants: The article is correct in stating it's all about money and political power ["Growing Conditions," Chris Roberts, feature, 9/18]. Just like the pharmaceutical lobby, a large lobby formed by those who smoke pot would affect the running of this country, just as Jesse Helms [former U.S. Senator] did with the tobacco industry.
Stating that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol is completely incorrect. The inhalation of smoke of any kind damages the lungs. [A marijuana smoker] is involving innocent people and exposing them to a substance that affects the way the mind works. Set a beer next to people and it's not going to affect their judgment unless they drink it.
The long term cost of accidents on or off the job shall grow, medical cost shall be affected in several ways — both directly and indirectly — by the usage of marijuana in public.
To top it off, Roberts talks about the former president of Mexico, who advocates all drugs be legal to consume, without a doctor's order, and says the U.S. would have an economy just like Mexico. If it's so great to live there and conditions are so great, why is Mexico so worried about immigration laws? Because it's not that great, that's why.
There is no doubt it would make it into the hands of minors, as it already does, and has for as long as I have known.
Legalization for casual usage under the guise of revenue from taxes is akin to the lottery and education, a lot of good that did. We now have legalized gambling, people spending their money on lottery tickets in hopes of becoming rich and teachers still screaming they are not paid enough.
Going Up in Smoke
It's not about the cigarettes, it's about someone's rights: This is ridiculous and should be illegal ["Butt Out," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 9/18]. If my workplace tried to impose these kinds of rules on people, even if I wasn't affected, I would submit an official complaint and quit if they did not stop. This is an intrusion of people's rights to do as they please to their own bodies.
Blog Comments of the Week
Willie Brown should tip his hat to the writer: Wickedly funny ["An Excerpt From Faux Willie Brown's Diary: Why He Doesn't Want His Name on the Bay Bridge," SF Weekly Staff, the Snitch, 9/17]! If I had a hat, I'd tip it to the writer — but then again, since Willie Brown is the only guy who still likes hats, maybe the writer could see if he appreciates satire, and maybe, just maybe, if he does he might tip his lid SF Weekly's way. (Yeah, I don't think so, either.)
The changing sounds of Internet music: It will definitely be interesting to see where things go in the next couple years ["Streaming Music Just Isn't a Good Business," Dan Mitchell, the Snitch, 9/17]. I suppose it's silly to expect anything in the music industry to stay the same for too long. It is sad to see some of these services falter, especially in the presence of the big companies. For my part I'll keep streaming through Pandora and Torch music, and hope they both stick around for a while.
In last week's article, "In the Rough," [Joe Rosenheim, News, 9/18] we misidentified the assistant general manager; her name is Lisa Buster. In the same article we also misidentified general partner Tom Hsich as a former supervisor and mayoral candidate. It was actually his father, Tom Hsich Sr., who worked in politics.