Jeff Loberg: District attorney should denounce pot |

Jeff Loberg: District attorney should denounce pot

In his letter to the editor printed Oct. 20, Bob Larive accurately points out that marijuana is illegal at the federal level.

It is my opinion that states allowing the use of pot medicinally or for recreation are in violation of federal law. There is no way around it; marijuana is a gateway drug to the use of harder, more addictive narcotics. If marijuana needs to be used, the patients that require it should have to prove that it is the last resort for easing their pain. Furthermore, it should be available the same way all other medications are sold; through a licensed pharmacy, strictly regulated as many other medications are.

Law enforcement has more than enough to deal with as they are overloaded with meth addicts, drunk drivers, and other criminals. To have to answer to the constant problem of supposed legal grows that are being stolen, the people who are annoyed by the smell of pot next door, and the ever-present illegal grows is more than what the police and sheriff should have to handle. The district attorney needs to step in and denounce pot. It should be banned the way it is in Yuba County.

Jeff Loberg

Penn Valley

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