Does North Dakota Need Another Addiction?
Do we have nicotine?
Yes, as much as we can smoke.
Do we have opioids?
Yes, enough to run us broke.
Do we have alcohol?
Yes, an unlimited supply.
Do we have beer?
Yes, we will never go dry
As though North Dakota needs a fresh supply of addicts, a committee of petitioners has placed on the November ballot a proposal to legalize marijuana for “recreational” purposes. It will be another addiction opportunity for those who missed the others.
Before discussing the proposal, let’s make a clear distinction between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. The advocates of recreational marijuana tend to use the benefits of medical marijuana to strengthen their case.
This proposal has nothing to do with medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is already in state law so sponsors of recreational marijuana cannot use the benefits of medical marijuana as a crutch for their anemic case.
There is little doubt that the taxpayers will be picking up the bills for another batch of addicts who will require treatment, counselling, institutionalization and all of the expensive costs of recovery. North Dakota is not meeting the needs of present addicts let alone adding more to the unserved population.
This is not to mention the fact that more innocent travelers will be killed when those recreating on highways join the normal flow of intoxicated drivers. Recreational marijuana will just double the hazards of driving. Don’t be surprised if gas stations add life insurance vending machines to cover you for each trip.
One parent put forth her concerns:”Will pot be more accessible to my teenager next month? How about my pre-teen? Will the marijuana ‘edibles’ packaged as candy make their way into my kids’ hands?”
The proposal is very specific about limiting recreational