Legalizing pot would harm lives
I wish to respond to the many letters to the editor I read favoring the legalization of marijuana. I speak from personal experience.
I have been involved in investigating, charging and prosecuting many people who have committed horrible crimes and said they were under the influence of marijuana only. I could tell of many cases when the use of marijuana was a direct contributing factor to the crime.
I am now a criminal defense attorney. I have represented many people charged with marijuana usage. The sole purpose of my representation is to help these people get the help they need to defeat this addiction, with proper treatment and education.
More tragic to me than anything, my daughter died recently from the use of illegal drugs. She started smoking marijuana when she was a young girl. It was a long battle to attempt to cure her addiction to drugs, and I lost.
Don’t tell me marijuana is not a dangerous drug. The legalization of marijuana would be a grave mistake, and no doubt the lives of many young people would be tragically affected.
The hold Christianity had on me was tenuous at best. But the Kansas Family Policy Council’s efforts to repeal city ordinances outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation have managed to cut off that hold completely (June 14 Local & State).
Christians who supposedly live by the Golden Rule and espouse the belief of “hate the sin; love the sinner,” yet have no qualms about not protecting human beings from being homeless and jobless, are no more Christian than I am at this moment. Has it ever occurred to members of this group that working to impose hardships on people might not be what Jesus taught?
Actions speak much louder than words. You cannot reconcile wanting people to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” unless you want groups of people trying to throw you out of your home and fire you.
The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts voted unanimously Friday to revoke the medical license of Ann Kristin Neuhaus for incompetently and improperly referring 11 women for late-term abortions at George Tiller’s now-closed Wichita abortion clinic (June 23 Eagle). The action was initiated by a complaint filed in 2006 by Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for Operation Rescue.
The former abortion clinic where Neuhaus performed abortions at 3013 E. Central is now the national headquarters of Operation Rescue. Thousands of babies were aborted there in the 23 years it was open. Justice is finally served through the prayers and on-site action of pro-lifers, and Wichita is abortion-free.