Anti-marijuana laws are outdated
Regarding your June 25 editorial, the drug war is largely a war on marijuana smokers. In 2010, there were 853,839 marijuana arrests in the United States, almost 90 percent for simple possession.
At a time when state and local governments are laying off police, firefighters and teachers, this country continues to spend enormous public resources criminalizing Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis. The end result of this ongoing culture war is not lower rates of use.
The United States has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available. Decriminalization is a long overdue step in the right direction. Taxing and regulating marijuana would render the drug war obsolete. As long as organized crime controls distribution, marijuana consumers will come into contact with sellers of hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. This "gateway" is a direct result of marijuana prohibition.
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Protect mineral owner rights
Land deeds specifically describe what's being conveyed. Simply annotating that "coal, oil and gas are reserved" is not sufficient to reasonably conclude; that, the coal, oil and gas reservation mysteriously includes "any amount of land or use thereof that an oil and gas company deems necessary." In light of constitutional guarantees this expanded definition is egregiously wrong!
In my experience, oil and gas companies are notorious for saying if it's not specifically included in the lease, the landowner has no right to it. That argument works both ways. If it's not specifically included in the deed reservation, the oil and gas company has no right to it.