Reader: Do we need to put kids in bubble-wrap to keep them safe from pot?

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Our interview with Senator Linda Newell about her bills to create a definition of a drug-endangered child drew a big response from readers, many of whom continue to see its language as criminalizing cannabis-using parents despite Newell's reassurances. Here's the take of a reader who sees the measures as nanny-state offerings with plenty of downside.

essieclovington writes:

Wonder why people treat each other so badly, and display such borderline sociopathic traits? One has to look no further than those legislators screaming "it's for the children!" 40 years of this "it's for the children" crap and now we've got a bunch of adults who act like irresponsible whiners and want even more freedoms taken away. They are displaying a nasty mindset that thinks little of their peers (called human beings) and thinks even smaller of children (oh my gosh they must be kept in bubble wrap). This is what living in fear gets you. This is what the FREAK OUT people do when you elect them. It's time to quit electing would-be-Heroes and start electing public SERVANTS. Enough with the "Who's your Nanny?"

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Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Kids have had access to pot for years. I remember someone trying to sell it to me in middle school. It wasn't legal then

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

"'What about the Children? What about the Children?' You know what I say? Fuck the Children!" - George Carlin

Lawrence Dunn
Lawrence Dunn

What should we put kids in to keep them safe from alcohol? Tobacco smoke? Firearms? Fracking?

tony514
tony514

im sure if kids never tried pot it wouldnt be legal today. i think the world enforcers need to focus this kind of atttention to aprehending murderious suspects and gangbangers.you spend your whole life busting guys doing over 5 mph and people trying to relax youre just a waste of space imo and should get voted out as officers of peace.

Jesse Bartolo
Jesse Bartolo

Just don't put the pot in bubble wrap if you want to keep kids away from it.

bido
bido

Cannabis is non-toxic. Sorry, just let the cat out of the bag. Pray your child doesn't get hold of an open bottle of aspirin---which you bought without an $80 prescription (unlike cannabis where you have to cringe before a doctor's receptionist who has seen malingerers like you before).

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