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Both parties are ignoring the fact that more than half of the U.S. population lives in states with medical marijuana programs, and that more than 80 percent of the voters support marijuana use under a doctor’s care (“Florida Republicans mad about reefer,” Happytown, Nov. 6).
I hope they figure it out before they have to run for office again so they can explain why their political or personal opinion on marijuana is more important than what the voters want. I am sure any politician running for any office had better figure it out. I am sure they will be questioned on it.
Just getting the laws passed is not enough. We must remove prohibitionism at every level of our government because, as seen in Colorado and Washington, if you leave a prohibitionist in any position of authority they will throw a wrench in any reform effort.
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My concerns about legalizing marijuana are all the Class A, B, and C FDOT-licensed CDL drivers. The Florida Department of Transportation has every driver of any rig weighing over 26,001 pounds submit to random drug testing.
When pot is legal at the federal level, then how can any employer or FDOT force you to submit to any drug test? The first driver that has to submit to a drug test will sue the employer and win.
Scary, isn’t it? Stoned tractor-trailer drivers of 80,000-pound rigs trucking totally high down America’s highways and roadways. Plus, all the operators of heavy equipment who use our roads daily. The lawyers will love this because they will rake in billions of dollars annually from vehicular-homicide accidents. Does anyone think that if the Feds regulate pot they will create a Department of Marijuana? Mick Jagger will be the first secretary under Obama’s cabinet. Something else to ponder is how many more people will be added to the current 17 million who already smoke weed. The High is endless!
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