I don’t object to reducing jail time for marijuana offenses if the other penalties are an effective deterrent. That probably means stiffer fines. If they’re high enough, most adults pay attention. Yet, I’m much more concerned with young people. Marijuana is only one of the substances that put them at risk. The criminals who try to make addicts of them should get the longest prison sentences possible, no matter how much it costs. And forget about parole. The longer we can keep these walking and breathing abominations away from our kids the better!
Mark Heinig Jr. of Kokomo is a retired Indiana principal and teacher. Contact him at email@example.com.