Adverse effects of Cannabis use boils down to abstract reasoning — research proves Cannabis has its downsides. Will legalizing increase usage — probably not. Conclusions cannot be reached by any data proving any hypothetical theories. We are all aware driving under the influence of any substance doubles the risk of causing a fatal road accident — Alcohol consumption plays an even greater role than Cannabis usage. Life is about choices, tobacco use was abated — the same possibility exist with Cannabis, (on a positive note).

Bootlegging alcohol in the 1920’s or dealing drugs such as Cannabis today — we know for sure Bootlegging favored profiteers. The blind-eye approach that our present U. S. Congress applies to Cannabis is no different than congressional approaches of the twenties on alcohol.

Federal laws in place presently drains monies spent on border agents who are unable to stop the drug traffic on our southern border. Solution — approve local growing of the stuff. Unless we are willing to ban freedom of choice in America, we cannot expect people to cease usage of those things our Federal laws ban. Freedom of choice includes the inducement of harmful substances into one’s body. (This horse has suffered too long). When Congress repealed the alcohol laws in the twenties, lives normalized; profiteers sought other means of illegal gains. The bad, the ugly and the good are ever present. We have restrictive laws in this great country that are more damaging to our economy than Cannabis. (A Congress so confused, obstructing a legally elected President Trump is uppermost in my mind.)

Congress should begin immediately by convening hearings with the Courts on the Cannabis issue to consider any and all probabilities connected to legalizing this substance so widely used here and around the world. The Courts are given the task of enforcing the Cannabis laws that our U. S. Congress hands them. Our jails are holding pens waiting for Congressional action on Cannabis.

Tom Rogers

Moultrie

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