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July 5, 2013
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Pot sentence was too harsh

I read in The News-Review lately about a man being sentenced to 15 years in state prison because he grew and sold marijuana. Even more recently, the paper ran an article about a sex offender who only got three years. I believe this is so wrong.

1. All the money spent to house this man will be thousands of dollars. We could spend the money to save a school, save a library, repair our roads.

2. If this was someone manufacturing meth or cocaine, I say throw away the key.

3. I believe I can be objective and this is why: A. I know a man who chose pot and alcohol over his family many years ago. His kids were 5 and 7, and his decision was horrifying because he was an absent parent after he left and never paid child support. When he used, he wouldn’t work and was very mean. I hated pot and alcohol for a long time after witnessing this, and I have never used pot.

B. During my 40-year nursing career, I saw the miracle of pot on patients receiving chemotherapy.

Back in the day, chemo ravaged the body. Nausea was a horrible culprit. I worked with AIDS patients for five years and again pot helped horrendous nausea and pain.

Also, some of that money spent on housing this man could be used to pay ADAPT for our teens that get in trouble with drugs. I believe he should be maybe on probation or house arrest.

But 15 years is ludicrous. Many people have medical marijuana care, so sending a person to prison is a ridiculous dichotomy.

Bobbi Nation


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