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Respect and Legal Pot

By James Schenk


February 25, 2015
Wednesday PM

Respect, kind of the first rule in life to follow, to coexist with our fellow Human beings. With the Legalization of Marijuana now here, the number one rule to follow should be Respect! Be respectful first to your self, if you are unable to function as you would expect when using this substance do not do anything to put yourself, nor anyone else in danger. Respect the wishes and health of your family, like cigarettes and other smoke producing products, the best use is away from those who have no desire, nor should be around it, find a quite place outside your home or with no access to minors, no one who does not use pot deserves to be subjected to second hand smoke, or the actions of those not responsible enough respect the space of those who do not use pot.

Remember also to respect the law as it is written, as with all laws that protect innocent folks, there are limits, take the time to learn them. Respect Federal Law that says Pot is Not legal, do not go to Ward's Lake smoke a joint and say "I did not know?" when you are being led away in handcuffs by a Forest Service officer, who is doing his or her job as they were instructed.

As with any new law or lifestyle choice, the actions of everyone will be viewed as to how this law will be looked upon. Respect the views of others, who would disagree, and let your own actions change their perspective through responsible use.

I am not here to preach, only inform on a subject that is now progressing as a conversation in our State. Be an example if you wish to retain the right to smoke pot without legal worries. It was possible when it was Illegal and can continue to be so now that it is Legal.

It should just require everyone to be respectful of those around us as it is with any other substance that human beings consume. The outcome of all of this will be in the hands of those who choose to consume this Legal product, or any Legal product, just ask a smoker how much has changed, in the last 20 years, in a large part due to not respecting the rights of those who do not smoke, or becoming Indifferent because there were no Laws to govern them. I just felt compelled to write something into this New conversation that lies at the root of Its Future or Demise!

RESPECT those around you, and the world WILL change for the better!


James Schenk
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received February 24, 2015 - Published February 25, 2015


Personal Use and Possession of Marijuana in Alaska, What You Should Know By MARY KAUFFMAN - Due to interest in the subject regarding the new marijuana law in Alaska which went into effect Tuesday, Governor Bill Walker provided a summary to accurately explain the current law in the state. As of February 24, 2015, people in Alaska age 21 and over can legally possess, outside of their homes, up to an ounce of marijuana and can grow up to six plants in their home (with up to three being mature, flowering plants). Adults may also give up to an ounce of marijuana and up to six plants to another adult. - More...
Wednesday PM - February 25, 2015


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