The citizens of the city of Whitewright, TX — population 1,604 — knew exactly what they were getting when they elected Jeremiah Looney as their Mayor earlier this month. A combat Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq and who now advocates for the rights of veterans to use medical marijuana, Mayor Looney has admitted to self-medicating with cannabis and fights for the rights of other patients to do the same.
But several city leaders are unimpressed with the “will of the people” and have chosen to resign instead of serving under someone who has promised to reduce the harm done to patients by the war on cannabis. On Friday the city lost its police chief, city secretary, city judge, clerk of court and utility clerk over Looney’s election. Former Whitewright city secretary Beth Woodson told KXII Channel 12 that she resigned from her position because she “morally and ethically can’t work for the new mayor because of his stance on marijuana”.
Mayor Looney, a Whitewright native, says he had no plans to fire any city employees upon taking office and that he gave them the opportunity to keep their jobs. “My vision for how it should run is just everybody getting along”.
Despite his outspoken cannabis activism (or perhaps BECAUSE of it) Mayor Looney garnered 56% of the votes in the most recent election, which means that the city personnel who chose to resign rather than serve the people of Whitewright should definitely not let the door hit them in the ass on their way out.
See Mayor Looney’s recent speech at the May 7 DFW NORML Global Marijuana March below.
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Low hanging nonviolent fruit; that is how police view marijuana users. The money from forfeiture will dry up, the for profit prisons will have to deal with real violent criminals, the Whitewright police would actually have to go after real criminals who are willing to use guns. With marijuana legalization, their safe jobs would become not so safe anymore.
Hey guys, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it; your ‘political/moral objections’ are just cowardice.
Buh bye now. Don’t let the screen door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!
Right on, Jeremiah Looney! Now pass ordinance amendments and local laws that strip the County, State and Feds of all power within your jurisdiction. Make laws that establish steep fees [or fines if you will] for County, State or the Feds to make an arrest in your jurisdiction. Pass laws that require all official County, State and Federal vehicles to pass a rigorous inspection before they may even enter your jurisdiction. Pass laws that require all law enforcement personnel operating within your jurisdiction to pass an exam and pay a steep fee to take the exam [even for your own officers because your only taking the money from your right hand and putting it in your left hand so to speak, it costs your city zero]. Refuse all federal incentives and don’t sign any partner agreements with any other agencies.
The people have the power, you have the power! Now use it for the good of those you serve!
weed is not harmful – not enough for folks to quit their jobs. they are being extremely childish
Who cares they quite. Matter of fact I think it’s good they did because we don’t need idiots running anything in politics. There is nothing wrong with MJ usage and should be legalize all over the US. Screw people who are hypocrite. If you drink alcohol and or take mind altering medicine and or smoke cigarettes and are against MJ YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE!!!
Freedom-leaning veteran and patriot gets elected, statist leech wusses bail out and run.
That’s what freedom does when people don’t waste their vote on statist idiots.
Well done, Whitewright voters!
This man served two tours in Iraq and his city employees won’t stand behind him what a joke congratulations on your new position I hope more like you are elected . Marijuana has a lot of great benefits only concern the general public should have is Edibles because some of these edibles are marketed like children’s candy I would hate for children to get a hold of some edible that contains THC and accidentally ingest it that is the only concern this country should be in fear of just like alcohol kids have no business touching until they are of age ,And of course in those rare cases where the child may have seizures or other health ailments