Letter: Rebecca Reeder, Leesburg

Editor: Loudoun County Supervisors are unanimous in expanding the drug court program and hiring five new positions for fiscal year 2022 at a total unknown cost, but in excess of $140,000. The corrections director cited 312 felony drug offenders in its probation and parole program and that there were 400 visits to Loudoun ER’s for drug overdoses in 2020, total year-end deaths unknown. I believe supervisors and county taxpayers need a wake-up call to the anticipated costs which can be expected by 2023 and thereafter when marijuana is legalized.

Too many state and local legislators and/or officials support this measure but not before I would ask them to conduct a survey of the Drug Court, parole and probation participants as well as those who survived a drug overdose whether their first drug of choice and subsequent addictive behaviors and crimes began with the use of marijuana. I believe I and others know the answer.

What will be the cause and effect? The state and county specifically will experience increased impaired driving with the legalization of marijuana, leading to more vehicular accidents, injuries, and deaths on our roadways. Further, law enforcement officers will have a lessened ability to pursue the culprits and preventative measures, which leads to more first responder/EMT calls and ER visits and expenses, higher insurance costs, increased civil and criminal court actions and fatalities. We will experience these negative actions in our neighborhoods and towns.

I’ll leave it to the county authorities to project the untold losses and expenses we can expect for their citizens from 2023 onward. This decade started with COVID and now we face a threat beyond measure.

Rebecca Reeder, Leesburg

2 thoughts on “Letter: Rebecca Reeder, Leesburg

  • 2021-03-09 at 9:38 pm
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    I have a brother who is 64. He has smoked pot since HS, he doesn’t do any other drugs nor does he drink.

    He’s always had ADD and it calms him down. Hes a functioning adult who pays taxes every year. My experience is that most hard drug users became that way because of doctors who prescribe opioids. We need to address and fix that problem.

    In regard to Drug Courts I suggest you look up All Rise. Such programs do great work.

  • 2021-03-10 at 2:24 pm
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    If you ask most motorcycle gang members if they ever rode tricycles I’d suspect most of them would answer in the affirmative- this doesn’t mean that riding trikes leads to membership in a motorcycle gang.

    The gateway drug theory, although highly discredited is very specific. The hypothesis being that the pathway to hard drugs begins with tobacco, progresses to alcohol and then marijuana before turning to hard drugs. Any deviation from this specific course is referred to as an ‘incomplete gateway’.

    You’ll often find those trying to bring this well discredited theory into the conversations around decriminalizing weed…… you’ll find often find they didn’t even have an understanding of the theory they so often turn to for affirmation.

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