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Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:50

Drunken driving is the real scourge — not recreational marijuana

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,

In response to Michael Buchek’s interesting perspective on the dangers of marijuana usage, I take issue. Wisconsin leads the nation in alcohol-related traffic deaths, and there are few public accounts of pot contributing to traffic accidents. He’s either unfamiliar, uninformed or uneducated on the effects of pot for recreational usage today.


I have a copy of a 1938 Reader’s Digest with an article abhorring marijuana usage as the newest “gateway” drug to heroin addiction; that was 80 years ago, before World War II. Southern Jim Crow segregation was in force, homosexuals were excoriated, men worked while wives remained homebound and voters’ rights were curtailed.

Occasional adult recreational usage at home isn’t problematic. One drinks much less, relaxes more completely with family and friends, at worse gets the giggles and the munchies, then sleeps soundly all night long.

Underage alcohol drinkers — those who repeatedly become inebriated while out socially and unwisely insist on driving themselves home — and longtime alcoholics who continue to drive while drunk; they are all the real problem in Wisconsin.

It’s time, it seems, Mr. Buchek, that you join the 21st century and realize that many social issues, like women’s rights, minority civil rights, gay rights, voters’ rights and marijuana usage are changing.

Bob Dylan sang it best 50 years ago:

“Your old road is rapidly agin’,
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend a hand
For the times they are a-changing”

Harry E. Menton
Williams Bay



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