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I saw something on local TV the other night and it was very concerning.

I couldn't find the exact video clip to show you here, but the person put forth the notion that all marijuana users were involved in other crimes and that, in general, "drugs drove crime" in the Hub City.

Let's start by saying, yes, as long as marijuana is illegal, it in and of itself is a crime. That does not mean that a marijuana user is involved in any other "crime" except for having marijuana. Various polls show that somewhere from 45 percent to over half of Americans have tried marijuana. So does this mean half of the people out there are criminals and/or involved in other crimes? That very notion is absolutely criminal.

I have a very elderly step-grandfather. He's of the age where everything aches when you get up in the morning. Fortunately for him, he lives in Oklahoma and he gets THC products to help him with pain and inflammation throughout the day. Want to know the kicker? He never tried marijuana until he was over 90 years old. Is he a criminal? Do you think he's out doing drive-bys with cows in the back of his trailer?

Sixty-eight percent of Americans think that marijuana should be legal. It's scary to me that we could have a public official in charge of enforcement that would automatically lump you in with criminals because you found a way to keep your knees from hurting.

So even if all criminals are involved with drugs, that doesn't mean all pot smokers are criminals. All criminals also eat food, but we don't say everyone who eats food is a criminal.

It's time we institute sane marijuana policies here and across the U.S.

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