First, it was the death penalty. Intellectuals like Norman Mailer who live in secure buildings, completely insulated from inner-city crime wrote theses, plays and television dramas decrying society's ultimate sanction. A homicide detective who had seen firsthand the carnage left by Texas serial killer Dean Corll told David Susskind that the death-penalty opponents "have never had to walk in a ditch" with a mutilated murder victim.
Now it's the marijuana legalization crowd which, sadly, includes some police and at least one member of the legal profession who are in favor of pot for all.
It's a safe assumption that these same people live far from the communities which would feel the effects most and have never been put through the eight rings of hell by a family member who scored some nice, safe marijuana from a friend on the school ground.
Virtually every social ill inflicted on the African-American community from state-sanctioned lotteries that suck the life's blood from those who can least afford it to more traditional forms of "gaming," have been at the hands of whites in gated communities and secure buildings.
I find it extremely telling that a New York attorney seems to be the principal advocate for legalization in Maryland. And therein lies the ugly truth about the marijuana legalization effort in Maryland — it's being orchestrated by people who will never have to see or face its consequences.
Edward C. Davenport, Drum Point
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