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16264Re: [MPD-5D] Chief Lanier's comment on Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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  • Linda Lee
    Jul 10, 2013
      So is this how we begin the discussion?
       I, personally am concerned about the developing brains in children and young people. Brains are not fully developed until the late teens/early twenties. Many children here in the city already are exposed to drugs, either pre- or post-natally. Is this going to make it even more dangerous -- like second-hand smoke? Will their teachers be smoking pot in the classroom? Teachers do smoke tobacco  on school campuses now. Do we know what the long-term effects of this are going to be on our next generation? I'm talking the twenty to forty-year olds? People who are alcoholics have slowed cognitive responses -- what I call "pickled brain syndrome". When I worked at DOT back in the 70's, such a person worked in my office. He could do very little work. He just basically got in his time til lunch when he could get his drink. Back under the old Civil Service System, no one could be fired. Fortunately this man was almost retirement age.
      I would like to know what the Ward 5/6 Drug Prevention Center (Sasha Bruce) has to say on this. To me, they are the experts on this.
      I feel like we are headed down a slippery slope on this one. Wouldn't we be better off requiring these people to just go to a class on drugs and their effects on the brain? I mean don't charge them, make it more like a traffic offense. Just DO NOT LEGALIZE IT. help people to go in a positive direction and NOT become a criminal.
      Thanks for opening up the discussion.
      LD Lee
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      Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:59 PM
      Subject: [MPD-5D] Chief Lanier's comment on Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
      Today, proposed legislation to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana was introduced in Council. This is a significant issue that merits robust discussion on a broad spectrum of issues, including concerns about the risk to children with increased access, the health impact of increasingly potent plants, and conflict with federal laws. In the meantime, it is important for the community to recognize that some of the information being used as an argument for decriminalization is flawed. As I believe our community members know, MPD has not prioritized marijuana arrests. Since day one, my priority has been combatting violent crime, and the District is safer as a result. Marijuana users are simply not being targeted in the manner suggested by a recent report from the ACLU and by many advocates for decriminalization.  To learn more about the flaws in the ACLU report, please read my letter to the editor that was recently published in The Washington Post:
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