Rick Pighini: Educate children


— After reading Sunday’s paper (“Omar Campbell: Let’s vote on pot”) I decided I had to write in. It is incredible that in the free society of the United States we are always looking for the next law that limits our freedom. The weed debate continues with each side making up things — because that’s what people do.

No. 1: Pot is not addictive. Alcohol and prescription drugs are. Go to AA meetings and see how many are there because of pot.

No. 2: If you don’t want your kid smoking pot or drinking, teach them how to make good decisions. That is your job as a parent, not the advertisers in a free society.

No. 3: You can find pot in any town in America. Just like Prohibition, making things illegal doesn’t stop their use. We also know that education is the answer so that people and kids have all the truthful information to make good choices.

Remember parents, you can’t just tell your kids not to do things because you did it when you were young. If you want to know what your kids are doing, just remember what you did at their age. That’s what they are doing. And finally, the reason pot is or can be a gateway drug is because when it is illegal users have to go to drug dealers to get pot and those drug dealers, having a good business model, know they have to diversify in order to succeed. So if you’re afraid of what you or your child may do with all these crazy pot stores around, educate yourself and them and make decisions that fit your life and let those who feel they need it make their own.

Rick Pighini

Steamboat Springs


mmjPatient22 5 years, 11 months ago


Thank you. There's a lot of parents around here who could pick up a little slack with their parenting. There's a lot of children/young adults in this town that act like complete hellions in public, which leads me to believe that their parents were/are less than highly involved in their children's lives. More importantly, thank you for having the courage to step up to the plate for cannabis. You laid out some hard truths that a lot of people are going to have trouble arguing with. Again, thank you.


seeuski 5 years, 11 months ago

Should our youth have access to smoking pot? Would that help with these young peoples attitudes towards others? Would young people getting stoned keep them from acting like "hellions" in public?

And Rick, is there anyone at AA meetings for alcohol or drug abuse that also abuse pot? If someone has addictive traits towards mind altering drugs including alcohol, does that exclude pot?


OnTheBusGus 5 years, 11 months ago

The new gateway drugs are right in your medicine cabinet. Prescription medications...




mmjPatient22 5 years, 11 months ago


Maybe you misread what the intent of my original post was. NOWHERE did I say that everyone/anyone/kids need to use cannabis. And I'm certainly not saying that parents need to pump their kids full of cannabis if they want them to act better. That's pure lunacy. However, it is my hardiest belief that cannabis needs to fall under similar regulation to the current regulation of the alcohol industry. There needs to be an appropriate age limit set for those that are allowed to possess/purchase/cultivate their own cannabis. There needs to be youth education programs about cannabis, like alcohol. Also, there needs to be treatment programs available to those that feel that they may have developed a detrimental addiction to cannabis(even though cannabis has been proven to be one of the least addictive substances, amoung those classically considered to be addictive).

But MOST IMPORTANTLY, parents need to step up to the plate by not feeding their children lies and disinformation. The problems of the world, most especially problems with raising children, cannot be attributed to cannabis.


Jesiah Canady 5 years, 11 months ago

Interesting how all the comments on this and other opinion articles DO NOT mention that this is not true PROHIBITION. This would be closer to having a dry city or municipality that does not allow the SALE of booze.

Those people in the local community that use the dispensaries in Steamboat will simply go elsewhere or perhaps simply get a friend to grow it for them. (Remember a few years ago how many pot plants were confiscated from private residences? Even the few large grow operations that were taken down?)

I find it very ignorant to believe that simply making the dispensaries disappear, would actually cut back the use or sale of MMJ in a place where it is so obviously tolerated.


1999 5 years, 11 months ago

sicandy...law enforcement would then be able to ask for more money from taxpayers to "fight" mj.


mmjPatient22 5 years, 11 months ago


What the majority of us are referring to is the overall prohibition of cannabis at a federal level, mostly before the advent of "medical marijuana," which was some years ago. Having Amendment 20 added to our state's constitution was a giant legislative leap in the fight against the prohibition of cannabis. Ultimately, whether you talk to a medical marijuana patient or a strictly recreational user, they will probably tell you the exact same thing. The illegality of cannabis at a federal level(more specifically its classification as a schedule 1 narcotic, which implies that there is absolutely no medicinal value to cannabis) is so ridiculous that it never should have happened in the first place. That's what the majority of us are fighting for; the repeal of prohibition of cannabis. I mean, didn't they finally, eventually, wise up to the futility of prohibiting alcohol? Why can't people wise up to how stupid it is to continue this fight against cannabis?


mmjPatient22 5 years, 11 months ago

I am truly amazed at just how quiet the naysayers get.

Really? You come back with nothing? You just drop in for a quick little poke at the fire and then you stand on the outskirts?

Why don't any of you ever defend your opinions? This doesn't make for very good debate.


Jesiah Canady 5 years, 11 months ago

Ya 1999 your right, in many dry counties law enforcement departments get tax dollars to shut down home brewers and distillers even when they are not selling the product. Yet the instances of alcohol use is only marginally lower in these counties so my point still stands.

patient22- I support the legalization of mj and feel that a ban on it here in steamboat is wrong. However, my earlier comment was aimed more at pointing out the futility of a ban in the first place. To me it seems illogical to believe that the ban Capt. Rae wants would actually result in fewer DUIDs and less trafficking of mj on the street. Both of which he noted when bringing this up.

I support the ongoing fight to legalize mj and do not believe that the free people of America should be restricted in their choices. I just feel that this argument FOR a ban is just ignorant political showboating.


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