NOTE THE DATE! The Hutchinson News, January 15, 1973: Page 4: Editorial.
Editorial Pot to grow hot Sure to ignite a bonfire in the legislature legislature this year is the proposal by a young lawmaker to legalize marijuana. It may, in fact, be this session's hot issue, substituting for abortion or pari mutuel betting. The 25-year-old Democrat from Lawrence, Michael Glover, advocated legalizing pot in his campaign, and he feels it helped him defeat his conservative conservative opposition. As a result, he thinks he must offer a bill making Mary Jane lawful. Many lawmakers from other parts of the state may be willing to go along with the measure but they fear the wrath of their constituents who can't see comparisons between marijuana and alcohol. No matter, it's a serious bill that needs serious consideration. Experts in many human relations fields, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, and others generally agree that the worst drug on the market is liquor. liquor. It has destroyed more lives than any other drug. Yet it is legal. Opponents of pot argue that the mid-bending smoking substance leads to harder things. This, of course, is not only debatable but thoroughly denied in some scientific circles. Whether or not it's a first step to heroin, no one can argue with the fact that marijuana is here, and, like booze, probably here to stay. It must be dealt with on that basis. Hauling youngsters into court, sentencing sentencing them to prison, ruining their lives at an early point seems an improper improper course of action for dealing with any problem, especially one that's less dangerous than alcohol, a legal drug. Glover's bill should force the legislators legislators to examine the problem in depth.