The Sheriff’s Office has raided a few more marijuana grow houses. The Ledger has the obligatory splash in today’s metro page, noting how the numbers of such grow houses are surging past last years numbers, which in turn, surged past the numbers of the year before. No one wants a criminal enterprise operating next door, and the Sheriff’s Office is doing its job in aggressively pursuing these houses. Yet, as I see it, there’s only one way to do away with them or even halt their growth in a world of cheap foreclosure homes crying for use: end the absurd prohibition on marijuana. It is beyond time for this to become a very serious issue, discussed on its econmic and social merits – not in some goofy Cheech and Chong idiom. President Obama’s dismissive response to a serious question about this is one of the low moments of his presidency thus far, if you ask me. (And I’m not a user, by the way.)
Anyway, I like Sheriff Judd. Sure he’s, ahem, media savvy, but I genuinely enjoy talking to him and find him smart and generally forthright. I think, in his heart of hearts, Judd probably recognizes the wasted expense and active harm caused by the prohibition of a substance far less harmful than wine. So, I’m asking him to have a conversation with me about marijuana and the strategic advantages and disadvantages to treating it as a criminal substance. I’d love to podcast it, if I can figure how to do that. So email me sheriff, or sheriff’s reps, and we’ll set it up. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, feel free to weigh in folks.