The bold assertion that “legalization of cannabis is what our state wants” by Albuquerque city councilor Pat Davis (“Legalization of cannabis is what our state wants,” My View, Oct. 27), is a snare and a delusion.

That Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham allegedly asked a clearly biased pro-pot politico to head a group to study legalization of marijuana tells us something already. Davis harps on the anticipated windfall of money as his major (and only) reason to justify legalization of marijuana. His blithe proclamation that two-thirds of New Mexicans support legalization has no demonstrable basis in fact.

So many of our young, concerned parents and grandparents already struggle against the uber-harmful inroads of illegal drugs, including marijuana, opiates, vaping, and alcohol that are our everyday plagues. Only the irresponsible would callously favor offering another temptation to get high by legalizing recreational marijuana.

Davis makes no mention of the easily foreseen higher costs to law enforcement at all levels to cope with the readily predictable consequences of legalizing pot, nor the added expenses to the judiciary system. Defense lawyers would obviously love legalization. It strains credulity to believe Davis’ unsubstantiated claim that sheriffs or any responsible law enforcement officers would back legalization.

An intriguing question: If true, why would the ACLU take a position to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico, a still illegal drug, federally and in many states? The governor and responsible voters are urged to oppose legalization of recreational marijuana in New Mexico.

Michael Pschorr lives in Santa Fe.

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Khal Spencer

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. We have been fighting, and losing, the War on Drugs from time immemorial. Having a Reefer Madness mentality about marijuana, as this misguided editorial writer has, does not solve a single problem and in fact, criminalizes personal conduct that affects no one else (DWI, not drinking, is a far more serious problem but we don't send SWAT teams to kick down doors in search of booze)

Oh, and by the way. Economically, Colorado is booming while NM continues to slumber. Try to buy a house near booming Denver without a king's ransom in your pocket.

Arthur Mayer

The only ones who don’t want legalization of cannabis are the misinformed or the proverbial head in sand emu or chicken little the sky is falling crowd.

Yes I am For ending the lie of prohibition.

Cannabis heals and never kills, unlike alcohol or tabacco or opiates.

The truth is that over 60 percent of the population are for ending prohibition. The only real questions are how will it unfold.

It’s gonna happen, like adults, lets decide as a state, how it will happen.

Richard Reinders

You just have to look at San Fran, LA and Seattle toilet cities to know where this will go or just North of us in Colorado who lose money because of law enforcement, over run emergency rooms and social problems . And these state collected tax where New Mexico won't if the pueblo's get into the sale of Marijuana, just like they don't pay road tax on gasoline. This is a way to continue to keep your children last or 50th in the country

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