I have been alerted by a few Milwaukee County residents who are upset about a new program that Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele is spending taxpayer money on.
The program involves the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Prevention Coordinator - a newly created position - to go around to various civic groups and give a presentation called "Marijuana.... Is It the Safer Alternative?" While the presentation is supposed to unbiased, people have complained that it comes just short of the 1938 classic "Reefer Madness."
People are questioning the wisdom of spending taxpayer money on such a hokey program filled with misinformation, especially when the common consensus across the nation is becoming markedly more favorable to the legalization of marijuana. Even here in Wisconsin, State Representative Melissa Sargent has recently introduced a bill to legalize it.
The people I have spoken to who have seen this program feel that is is not only a disservice, but that the money could be better spent actually providing services, such as more staff at the critically understaffed mental health complex.
Maybe Abele is pushing this program because he agrees with his mentor, Scott Walker, that smoking pot is much worse than hammering down beers. It would make sense, since Abele is very well known to down more than a few and doesn't think drunk driving is a big deal.
If Abele was really concerned about efficiency and giving the best service for the taxpayer buck, perhaps he could kill that program and reinvest the money into actual services. And if he really wanted to get his anti-marijuana message out, he could do a "Just Say No" campaign and get people to watch the trailer for "Reefer Madness":