To the editor:
I have a new reason to oppose the legalization of marijuana in Rhode Island. It stinks!
Recently there has been a noticeable effort by some in the media, and in government, to enumerate the potential benefits to society, mainly tax revenue, that would result from legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.
The advocates preach that it is really not as bad as other forms of sensory numbing products, like tobacco and alcohol. And, of course, it would not encourage advancement to more dangerous drugs.
At the same time we read about the noble decision by the CVS drugstore chain to eliminate the sale of cigarettes beginning in October (why not immediately?) in order to remove the lethal danger of nicotine from its shelves.
There now seems to be a great inconsistency in attitude towards tobacco and marijuana. Tobacco is being demonized. Marijuana is being tolerated, if not encouraged. However, no one points out the fact that both substances, when burned in cigarette form, simply smell terrible.
Laws have been passed to prohibit smoking cigarettes in public places, even in the open air, where the passing population might be offended. Of course, there are still many places and opportunities where cigarette addicts can “grab a smoke.” Our nostrils reveal that fact frequently when we are out and about.
So why should society be subjected to another form of stink weed? Will marijuana smokers restrict its use to the interior of their home premises? Of course not.
I do not attempt to join the forces that oppose marijuana for health or social reasons. They are sufficiently represented. I offer a more fundamental reason.
C. Roger Wallin