Marijuana Is No Joke

I recently heard someone making a joking allusion to an acquaintance who was “growing marijuana in her garden.”  In the ‘70’s, possession of marijuana, while always illegal, was not viewed very seriously, and possession of under 30 grams of marijuana could even be prosecuted as a summary offense–similar to a traffic ticket.  Growing marijuana in a garden, or on public land, used to be a humorous sign of an anti-establishment attitude, but little more.

Today things are different. Simple possession of marijuana is now punishable by a sentence of one year.  Possession of any more than a minimal amount can be viewed as possession with intent to deliver, an offense punishable by five years’ imprisonment. Cultivating even a single marijuana plant can warrant prosecution of the cultivator as a drug dealer.  Multiple plants may even cause the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to ask the U.S. attorney to prosecute federally.

Many people think that because marijuana contains no nicotine, it’s safe to smoke.  Nicotine is addictive, but the carcinogenic substance in cigarettes is tar, not nicotine, and tar is present in marijuana smoke in even greater concentrations than it is in cigarettes.  In short, marijuana can ruin lives in many ways.  We should all be on the alert to discourage its use, and certainly its cultivation, especially by youths who may not know any better.

If you have any questions about this or any other matter please give me a call at 610-565-9800..  If you can’t call during regular hours, my home phone number remains 610-565-7712.

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