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October 27, 2012

 There are stringent prohibitions against drug use in the United States Military, and penalties for breaking the rules are serious. A history of drug use can disqualify a young person from gaining entry into the Military.


It’s kind of sad to see so many of my friends get sucked into the lie that Colorado’s Amendment 64, the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” ballot initiative is about constitutionally limited government. The implications of a state like Colorado, and others that have similar initiatives on their 2012 ballots, are broad and deep and if you jump on the Libertarian band wagon and ignore the realities of legalized marijuana, the resulting cultural and economic problems that follow will grow government in ways you can’t even imagine.

First of all, Federal Law is in conflict with state laws that legalize pot. Whether or not you agree with this, the biggest impact will be on the most important role of the Federal Government, and that is to protect and defend our borders and our people. There are stringent prohibitions against drug use in the United States Military, and penalties for breaking the rules are serious. A history of drug use can disqualify a young person from gaining entry into the Military. The Colorado law, if Amendment 64 passes, prohibits the use of pot by minors–but then the law prohibits the use of alcohol by minors. The intellectually honest will agree that the numbers of young people who try the legal substance marijuana will increase, which means those qualified for Military service will decrease. The United States is already facing a numbers crises because some 70% of young people of military age would be automatically disqualified due to educational or moral issues or because they are obese. That small 30% of potential recruits will shrink as more young people are “morally” disqualified because of marijuana.

Through the rhetorical obfuscation of the Libertarian Right and the far Left, one fact stands out like a sore thumb. According to contemporary research, the young people who avoid marijuana and other drugs, do so because it is illegal. The law informs the moral impulses of young people.

Legalizing marijuana has failed in states like Alaska because the costs, economic, cultural, and moral, become too great.  Government inevitably grows as the problems of addiction, decreased productivity and crime surge because of increased marijuana use.  It’s folly to imagine that young people won’t get hold of the pot intended for older consumers, just like alcohol use among youth has become a rite of passage in America instead of a crime that merits punitive action.

The impact on our Military forces of legalized marijuana is hard to quantify. Outside of the obvious conflict between state and federal laws, the behavior and personal discipline of our military men and women will be endangered.  Marijuana is addictive, despite wails from those who claim it’s harmless when used with care–what an exasperating contradiction in terms–and the impact of our warriors using marijuana like alcohol (I mean, after all, its the “regulate marijuana like alcohol” amendment) could be both costly and dangerous.  The old cliche’ that compares libertine activities to that of a “drunken sailor” may not be so funny when put into terms of a “stoned sailor.”

Message to limited-government Conservatives in Colorado: Don’t be deceived by Amendment 64 and its supporters–Susan Sarandon and Melissa Etheridge to name two. There is nothing good that will come from the legalization of marijuana, even if it’s regulated like alcohol.  Do you see they hypocrisy in actually supporting an amendment that, as a function of its implementation, will require the formation of new regulatory agencies and new taxing powers of the government? Amendment 64 grows government. Amendment 64 shrinks the Military. Amendment 64 diminishes the moral authority of We the People in Colorado.

by Marjorie Haun 10/27/12





  1. Scott Arnold

    Marjorie, you are incorrect on several counts.

    First and foremost, marijuana use is part of American history. Thomas Jefferson wrote about smoking hemp while pondering the constitution. The bible says in Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

    If you can name ONE, just one person who has ever died from the use of marijuana, and only marijuana, then i could agree with you. But since no one ever has, or will … your point is moot. Also, marijuana is not addictive, nor is it a “gateway” drug. Lab studies have shown that there is no detoxification period with marijuana. Even alcohol has a detox period. The headache, the nausea, the vomiting assiciating with alochol use is your body rejecting it… since marijuana is harmless and completely natural, your body doesn’t reject it. You can’t become physically addicted to a chemical compound (THC) that has no detox period. People become addicted to drugs in part because it is so difficult to detoxify your body after hard drugs, some people just keep doing them to avoid the pain.

    Many people turn to marijuana for medical reasons. And, there are a growing number of medical applications for it. Others use it recreationally. If alcohol and tobacco are acceptable, readily available to all, and are even promoted for use to the tune of billions annually … why not pot?

    You mentioned federally law conflicts with states that want to legalize. You’re right. Now, did you ever stop to think WHY that was? Its because our government is protecting the interests of big business. Hemp (the stalks of the plant) can be manufactured into paper, clothing, building products, etc… This is a God-given, infinitely renewable source of many things we use today. There’s no money in “free” though, is there?

    And, your big point. Marijuana use will shrink the military.. hmm… you are aware that if pot is legal, the military won’t be able to hold a record of use against a potential soldier. Our military is not stupid. They wouldnt allow use on base or in battle .. kind of a no-brainer. And, if pot is legal, some of our military involvement would go away, taking pressure off of our troops. Who’s going to fight for something you can buy at the convenience store? The days of fighting drug cartels over pot end. And, our cops will be doing less wasting of valuable time busting people for smoking a joint and relaxing. I’d feel better if the police focused more on killers than stoners myself. Releasing all those stoners from prison makes room for more killers and rapists. Now, thats more like it.

    My suggestion to you is to do more research before presenting a string of accusations about a subject that you obviously do not have a grasp of.

    • Yeah, slavery used to be part of American history too. And women didn’t have the vote. Your rant does not change the heap of empirical evidence that shows that legalizing pot is BAD for the civil society. There are synthetic versions of THC that are extremely effective for treating the symptoms that medical pot is purported to treat. Bottom line–this is a MORAL issue. It affects families, and children suffer the most in a pot-permissive culture. Your proclivity for puffing pot may be clouding your higher reasoning abilities.

      • William Dammer

        Marjorie I really think you have the best of intentions but I think your whole narrative is a bit over blown. People in the military or out can easily get pot if they want to. I served ’68-71 U.S. Army and I knew a lot of fellow soldiers who smoked pot. Pot smoking was rampant in Vietnam. I found the military to be nothing more or less than a microcosm of society at large. You sound like you’re wearing rose colored glasses as you look at the military. I don’t see bigger government either, the same agencies that control alcohol could add pot to their list. The fact is Marjorie practically anyone young or old can get pot if they want. I’d take a stoned sailor over a drunk sailor any day, of course that’s just my judgement based on EXPERIENCE. But my feelings come from the Gospel. We both know that Heavenly Father could put an immediate end to all the mayhem on earth, including pot smoking. Why doesn’t He? Because without our agency we can not progress, without agency there is no existence. As I look at our test here those who want to restrict our agency are just on the wrong side, may I say the dark side. By criminalizing pot you force people to be criminals and make them support criminal organizations like gangs for an activity that they’re going to engage in no matter what you do. Pot has been here since the garden of Eden it hasn’t destroyed the earth yet. You should concentrate as a teacher on getting prayer back into the schools. That would have a far greater benefit on society than continuing to make criminals out of folks who engage in smoking a little weed.

        • Wrong. Pot and alcohol are not the same. There are no social norms for parents to model the responsible smoking of pot. And this hooey about pot and the Garden of Eden? Just that, hooey. You have been deceived. But I still like you.

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