Hamilton County Grand Jury Wants Pot but Chattanoogans are Divided

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Updated: 4/25/2013 7:12 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-It's been illegal for decades, Colorado and Washington have changed their views and now the Hamilton Grand Jury is changing its mind.
     In a report, the grand Jury says state lawmakers should consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana.

Writer and journalist Monty Bell questions if it's okay for booze why not pot.

"All of the backing it has received for the alcohol licensing, you know how many people that kills each year, but yet they've legalized it, why not marijuana."

His view is echoed by East Tennessee Spokesman for NORML James Vargo.

"Don't want to see it, some people are just dead against it not matter what, even it will help a cancer patient".

Vargo says the real issue is education.

"It's because they just don't have the knowledge or education about it."

Drug Abuse Therapist Pat Fitz is for the legalization of the drug for adults but not adolescents.

"Because their developmental systems, their minds, etc have not developed to that point, the same reason we don't allow people beyond  a certain age to drive an automobile, buy alcohol other products."

Vargo and his team are optimistic.

I think it's going to be a wonderful thing when it happens in Tennessee"
     But not everyone agrees.

Daryl Pilarz,"No drug should be legal and mind altering drugs should not be legal".


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Seabourne - 4/26/2013 12:27 PM
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