Canada has just legalized cannabis for all its citizens, thereby ending 90 years of prohibition. This move makes sense from both public health as well as law enforcement perspectives, reducing the risk of unsafe black-market products, while freeing law enforcement to deal with crimes of violence and property crimes. Even Mississippi has decriminalized marijuana, meaning violations earn you a ticket rather than a trip to jail.
Idaho claims to be a beacon of freedom. In fact, Canada’s 52-29 Senate vote makes Idaho even more of an island of prohibition, surrounded by states and provinces that have more freedom than we do. Western states and provinces with more freedom than Idaho: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, California, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, British Columbia, Alberta.
I love my religious brothers and sisters here in Idaho, and fully respect those who choose temperance. But I and many other Idahoans object to the standardization of a religious morality and lifestyle we don’t share. Most cannabis use can be broadly defined as “compassionate,” to include veterans with PTSD; seniors and working people with various aches, pains and stress; and people with chronic pain or diseases who choose not to risk opioid addiction or overdose.
Chris Norden, Moscow
Crapo campaign funds
After reading the article on Senator Crapo and his decision on how to spend election funds, mainly paying his wife nearly $200,000 for work on his campaign efforts, I was outraged. Idaho Code prohibits a teacher or administrator from accepting any gift in excess of $50. That is right, $50 that may be given as a token of appreciation for a year working with a student. Of course, they are a public “servant” that spends countless hours teaching the children and certainly shouldn’t benefit from the gratitude of the parent/taxpayer. Really? But it is OK for an elected official to pay his wife or family member in thousands of dollars, which whether it is campaign funds from individuals or corporations, directly benefits his efforts to get re-elected so that he can get paid $174,000 a year, paid for by us taxpayers. Shame on you, Crapo, and shame on any elected official who uses contributions to benefit their family.
Christine Donnell, Meridian