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Lutherville Drug Expert Blasts Legalizing Marijuana Proposal

Mike Gimbel wants to know if it's a case of a case of hypocrisy or insanity.

Mike Gimbel
Former Baltimore County Drug Czar

It has come to my attention that the Maryland Legislature will be voting on a bill to ban the sale of “synthetic pot," often referred to as “spice or K-2." 

In itself this is not a bad idea since the use of synthetic pot has increased by our youth and many are ending up in emergency rooms due to the effects of these dangerous chemicals.  

Whether or not this will solve the synthetic drug problem is questionable since the chemist’s have been one step ahead of enforcement by changing the chemical compounds, thus avoiding the new laws.

But it’s still worth the effort.     

What I don’t understand is the hypocrisy of the Maryland State Legislature, especially Del. Curt Anderson from Baltimore City who has introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  

Do you have an informed opinion? Consider starting your own blog.

First, I don’t think a delegate representing a city that has been called the “heroin capital of the nation," has liquor stores on just about every corner and has a high crime rate directly associated to drug use, should be advocating legalizing any drug.    

But let’s look at the hypocrisy.   

The three drugs that kill more Americans are cigarettes, alcohol and prescription drugs, all legal and easy to obtain.  So why in the world would we every want to legalize another drug that clearly impairs the user and most likely causes more lung damage & cancer than cigarettes.

What our legislators need to focus on is the desperate need for additional drug and alcohol treatment programs throughout the state of Maryland.  Not only will this saves lives but will also reduce violence and other crime.

japentz March 01, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Mike, it is apparent that you have never Googled "Cannabis Cures Cancer" or attempted to investigate the number of US Cannabis Patents. If you had a family member that had benefited from its use in curing a disease, you might feel differently. If you are going to write on a topic, as a reporter, you need to fact check and verify. At least when I was schooled in investigative journalism, that is what was pounded into us. Unless you are willing to research all aspects and sides of this issue and educate yourself, your articles are nothing more than uneducated opinion. You have lost credibility as a real journalist, but then again most people posing as journalists really are not credible as they simply regurgitate opinions and talking points, not to mention propaganda of the corporate owned mainstream media. You may find this insulting, but what I find highly insulting is that you do not know your subject matter at all. I suggest if you are going to really inform people, you do real work and homework. But it is apparent that real research is not your thing and that you like hearing or reading yourself talk. That really does the public little good. You know what they say about opinions . .. they are like a certain part of your body that excretes . . . everyone has one. Your article simply shows ignorance, laziness and an unwillingness to do any valuable work. A shame that the media no longer informs and educates.
OoglyBooglyEnt March 01, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Right now in MD Personal Use 10 g or less is a misdemeanor CRIME 90 days PRISON TIME $500 Fine. Look it up! House Bill 1453 needs to be taken seriously. It's insane to continue marijuana prohibition just as it would be insane to go back to alcohol prohibition. What we have right now is a black market free for all where all the profits are supporting gangs in an unregulated market and THIS CREATES CRIME! IT CREATES VIOLENCE AND CRIME BECAUSE OF ITS PROHIBITION! IT CREATES VIOLENCE AND CRIME BECAUSE OF ITS PROHIBITION! Remember Al Capone? Bootleggers? Underground alcohol violence? Also, when is the last time you heard of a drug dealer checking an ID to make sure their customer was 21?! House Bill 1453 will make that happen. Its a FACT that right now its easier for kids to get MJ than alcohol simply because it's being sold underground. Even if you could care less about MJ you could benefit from getting this passed. We're putting people in PRISON over this. PRISON!! Can you imagine going to jail over a beer during alcohol prohibition? It costs between $40,000-$50,000 to jail someone in MD for just 1 year. Voters in CO and WA had enough wasting billions trying to enforce outdated MJ prohibition laws and decided to TAX, REGULATE, and CONTROL MJ last election. They decided to take a smart approach. TAX, REGULATE, AND CONTROL IT!
Stephen Daniel March 01, 2013 at 11:05 AM
http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer Smoking pot does not cause cancer this a fact. Cannabis does cure cancer. So free the cure for cancer please. Stop writing propaganda for the corporations.
Andrew Keister March 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
This man has never smoked marijuana in his life, otherwise he would know better. You want to know how to get our kids and everyone away from synthetic marijuana? Legalize the real thing! It's not that hard.
Andrew Keister March 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM
"causes more lung damage & cancer than cigarettes" Are you kidding me? Also someone beat me to it already. Marijuana doesn't need to be smoked. It can be eaten and vaporized ;) As for everyone else that isn't the guy who wrote this article: Sign my petition on the whitehouses website: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-marijuana-recreational-usage/PBSwY4b0

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