Omar M. Campbell: See how pot plays out


Hopefully, everyone read the commentary by David Brooks, “Weed: been there done that,” which was published Jan. 7 in the Steamboat Today. In brief, he and some high school buddies were into smoking marijuana. He became stoned at noon one day and had an English assignment that afternoon. He only could stumble through it, unable to form the simplest phrases and sentences. The experience was the worst embarrassment of his life. That was his last personal experience with a mind-altering drug.

Colorado and Washington state rapidly are gaining notoriety for their “legalization” of pot in defiance of federal law. It will be interesting to watch what happens with out-of-state tourists. Tongue-in-cheek, it could be a boon to the local economy and sales tax collection! Horrors. Do we really want that kind of community reputation?

Stoned drivers will be hard to deal with because of the exceedingly small quantity of tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) it takes to impair cognitive and motor centers in the brain. It only takes five nanograms (five-billionths) of THC per cubic centimeter of blood to cause legal impairment. That is a mighty small amount and demonstrates the potency of pot. THC from inhaling into the lungs affects the brain very quickly.

There are dozens of harmful side effects of pot besides those that affect the brain. They range from the major organs to runny noses. Look on Google for an exhaustive list.

Back in 2010, I wrote, “Touting medical marijuana is basically an end-run ploy by advocates to eventually legitimize and legalize a Schedule 1 gateway drug.” The strategy was to soften up the electorate to eventually vote for legalization. It worked! It is constitutional law in Colorado, no less. The local “caregivers” roundly chastised me for that comment and took exception in their blogosphere.

On Jan. 20, our national CEO gave his tacit approval of legalizing pot. Predictably, there now will be no enforcement of law from the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder predictably and promptly announced that banks now may process drug money — also ignoring federal law. “Caregivers” now can go to the bank — laughing all the way. As with President Barack Obama’s “evolution” (a euphemism for flip-flop) on gay marriage, legalization of pot will get lots of liberal votes for his party.

It is going to be interesting to see how pot legalization plays out in the long run. Will our family-oriented reputation survive?

Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs


Kevin Chapman 3 years, 3 months ago

Sounds just a bit like Chicken Little don't you think? The democratic process can be frustrating eh?

The vote occured and i believe the "yes" vote was in the range of 72% within Steamboat. It is impossible to argue that only "perverse" young liberals pushed the vote 32% above the 50% mark in this round of voting. I am sure it is a tough pill to swallow, but i am also sure you agree that a majority of that degree is simply undeniable.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Though, to be fair, we don't if local math skills are worsened by pot or are just that bad.

The head of the SB Chamber was recently unable to accurately multiply 400 * $500 and he is not known as a major pothead.


Kevin Chapman 3 years, 3 months ago

Haha I apologize, it was kid bed time and i was trying to juggle a few things. The 2 and the 3 are just too darn close together on my lap top.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

I think the the same underlying reason why the public passed legalization is why legalization has not resulted in a drastic increase in problems with pot. That underlying reason is that pot has long been easy to get and so everyone that wishes to use it has been using it. Thus, legalization has caused is little change in availability since it was already widely available and the change is simply that the supply chain is legal and taxed as compared to being illegal.

National surveys has asked students whom don't use pot, how quickly could you get some marijuana. 75+% say they can get some in a day. Nearly 50% say they could get some in less than an hour.

BTW, it is very well documented that alcohol is far more of a gateway drug than mj. People that worry about bad health effects and so on would be far more credible if they were focused on reducing alcohol use.


john bailey 3 years, 3 months ago

jejeje ,it was a good chuckle , Kevin.....thank you...nice catch Dan , I must of missed because of the beer...~;0)


jerry carlton 3 years, 3 months ago

"it is very well documented that alcohol is far more of a gateway drug than mj." If that is true, that is an excellent reason to be a stoner instead of a drunk.


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