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Letter: Putting a “time restraint” on a matter of life and death

Letter to the editor concerning HB81, a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a $250 fine.

There are many people that would argue that representative Government has always been a sham. That one man could, and did, circumvent the will of the people to enact HB81 speaks to the travesty of representative Government in Texas.

The system is cumbersome and wrought with built in mechanisms, to thwart the will of the people. Make no mistake, it was designed this way to foster and protect vested interests.

How do you put a “time restraint” on a matter of life and death; multitudes testified to the benefits of cannabis, only to be marginalized, in the interests of those who have monetized the system. Shame on us for buying into such a sham!

I would argue that HB81’s demise, is indicative of a political system set in the interests of the few, at the expense of the many. When one man can circumvent the will of the majority, in any matter of the law, by definition the outcome is dictatorial, and in no way, a reflection of representative Government. The people made it clear that HB81 was in the interests of the majority. It took one man to demolish the will of the many.

Ideas are spoken of, and accepted or rejected in the marketplace of free thought. Ideas become convictions; convictions in turn are clothed in constitutional context, and debated by legislators as to their viability and constitutionality. They are voted on, and passed or rejected based on merit; but where HB81 is concerned, it took one man to kill it. The “process” set in alleged constitutional context was circumvented by one man.

This bodes ill for those of us who believe in Democratic Governance. We are on a dangerous course, and serious conversation needs to be had, in how we Govern ourselves.

Nick Novello
Dallas Police Officer

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1 Comment

  1. Joshua D
    May 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    All broken systems topple