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'Tightening the noose'


Ron Ferrell August 7th, 2013

I salute Kurt Hochenauer for his spot-on opinion in the July 24 Oklahoma Gazette, No toke over the line.”

Basically other states have come to their senses about pot, both medical and recreational and the associated prison reform. Once again, Oklahoma is tightening the noose on its citizens.

When Oklahoma uses human incarceration as a major economic model, it is helpful to keep the private prisons and the legal system clogged with nonviolent drug offenders. It’s legalized extortion on the public sector.

Will every driver be tested or will selective enforcement of this drug law be used to harass any suspicious-looking person?

Texting and driving is far more dangerous than THC in the blood from a trip to Denver two weeks ago, where it is legal.

Once again, it is the taxpayers who get to pay to enforce this draconian drug law. Lockin’ em up costs taxpayers about $30,000 per year per prisoner.

The main factor that draws young professionals to Oklahoma is the giant purse called the oil and gas industry. It surely isn’t because Oklahoma is a progressive state in any other realm.

I would bet that Colorado and many other states are enjoying a huge economic boon thanks to same-sex marriage and marijuana reform, but it’s obvious they have no idea what the hell they are doing.

—Ron Ferrell, Jones

 
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