Welles: Legalized marijuana would hurt Alaska

  • By Stan Welles
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:23pm
  • Opinion

How do you destroy a State in one easy lesson? Vote in marijuana!

Drugs are definitely not family friendly are they?

Have you ever had an employee on drugs? Just like the $600 Wagon Wheel theft the other day in Homer, the Homer police found one of our first employees of our Pizza restaurant at home with our cash drawer and drugs on the table.

Our last trip to Colorado in April was the most depressing trip we have ever had to Colorado. Drugs are now placed in food. One kid knowingly ate a laced cookie, went nuts and jumped out a window to his death. A fourth grader stole his Mother’s ‘medical marijuana’, took it to school and sold it!

My wife’s sister and husband live in Nederland. They say that 80% of Nederland is on drugs. The smell is nearly always in the air.

My wife is from Colorado. I went to college there. Over some 20 years, we have lived and/or worked in Englewood, Cascade, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Broomfield as well as on a ranch at 9,000 ft above sea level with an address of Tenth and Plumb: Ten miles south of Parshall, Colorado Plumb at the end of the road! Deer and elk were plentiful. The first elk I shot from my porch using the tractor to put it in the barn! We loved Colorado. Had the international steel market not gone flat in the early 1980’s taking the molybdenum demand down with it; we would probably still be there.

While the politicians are jumping for joy over the tax revenues — though they have not been as high as anticipated — they don’t see the phase lag of the tax burden freight train coming at them due to the:

— destroyed lives of the kids

— destruction of the families

— inability of employers to find drug free employees

Just like Washington State where Boeing has moved a lot of its production out of the State and moved its headquarters, Colorado employers will be bailing out also.

Phase lag taxation is one of the stealth tax forms commonly over looked. Phase lag taxation is that form of stealthy taxation that strikes after a foolish, emotion-appealing policy has been implemented. A suburb example was Saturday, September 13th Alaska Dispatch News’ Commentary “Break up Alaska’s economic monopoly by legalizing and taxing marijuana.”

In Colorado an attorney friend tells me non-violent crime is accelerating. Here in Alaska drug abuse is already epidemic even without legalization! Take the September 26-27 edition of the Clarion’s article, “Nikiski residents fight back against rampant property theft”. Non-violent crime is accelerating here in our State and I bet it is in your area as well? The State Patrol has a real challenge meeting the need. They are having great difficulty filling vacancies. There are currently 16 State patrol vacancies Statewide.

As a potential steward of your resources and property rights, I would strongly recommend rejection of this Ballot initiative.

More in Opinion

This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag.
Opinion: Old models of development are not sustainable for Alaska

Sustainability means investing in keeping Alaska as healthy as possible.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils proposals to offer public school teachers annual retention bonuses and enact policies restricting discussion of sex and gender in education during a news conference in Anchorage. (Screenshot)
Opinion: As a father and a grandfather, I believe the governor’s proposed laws are anti-family

Now, the discrimination sword is pointing to our gay and transgender friends and families.

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President Nathan Erfurth works in his office on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Voices of the Peninsula: Now is the time to invest in Kenai Peninsula students

Parents, educators and community members addressed the potential budget cuts with a clear message.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Opinion: An accurate portrayal of parental rights isn’t controversial

Affirming and defining parental rights is a matter of respect for the relationship between parent and child

Opinion: When the state values bigotry over the lives of queer kids

It has been a long, difficult week for queer and trans Alaskans like me.

Dr. Sarah Spencer. (Photo by Maureen Todd and courtesy of Dr. Sarah Spencer)
Voices of the Peninsula: Let’s bring opioid addiction treatment to the Alaskans who need it most

This incredibly effective and safe medication has the potential to dramatically increase access to treatment

Unsplash / Louis Velazquez
Opinion: Fish, family and freedom… from Big Oil

“Ultimate investment in the status quo” is not what I voted for.

An orphaned moose calf reared by the author is seen in 1970. (Stephen F. Stringham/courtesy photo)
Voices of the Peninsula: Maximizing moose productivity on the Kenai Peninsula

Maximum isn’t necessarily optimum, as cattle ranchers learned long ago.

(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The time has come to stop Eastman’s willful and wanton damage

God in the Bible makes it clear that we are to care for the vulnerable among us.

Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: AIDEA’s $20 million-and-growing investment looks like a bad bet

Not producing in ANWR could probably generate a lot of money for Alaska.

A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Voices of the Peninsula: King salmon closures long overdue

Returns have progressively gone downhill since the early run was closed in June 2012

(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Fixing legislative salaries and per diem

The state Senate was right to unanimously reject giving a 20% pay… Continue reading