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February 21, 2014
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Letter: Get a more satisfying high from helping others

Marijuana use: don’t go there

Jeff Ackerman, publisher of The News-Review, presented an accurate opinion in a recent Sunday paper describing what can be expected by an uncontrolled, legalized system of marijuana use.

I was a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years and Mr. Ackerman’s overview of pot users is a humorous look at reality. My experiences in a multitude of user-friendly areas were a real eye-opener.

Some of the most disgusting people I had the misfortune to arrest were users of every kind and pot was the most prevalent. I’ll take an alcoholic drunk any day over a stupid, lackluster, useless pothead.

If you are so ridiculous as to believe the latest craze to legalize pot is a big step up for our society, you are not much of a student of history. Obviously, you have never experienced the abject degradation and unnecessarily dangerous lifestyle a user is committed to.

Do you want to feel a real high? Volunteer at Casa de Belen, St. Joseph Community Kitchen, The Salvation Army or a local food bank. The appreciation of those less fortunate will fill your heart.

Don’t cop out. It is very easy to do. Stand up to temptation and group pressure. You can be your own person and really feel victory. If you help someone other than yourself, you will discover real joy.

I dare you to try it. Please don’t destroy yourself. You are very important to someone who loves you.

John Hope


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The News-Review Updated Mar 3, 2014 10:16AM Published Feb 21, 2014 06:00PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.