Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

MARIJUANA: Tax benefit to legalizing pot

Letter by Thom H. Smith, Tacoma on Sep. 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm | 15 Comments »
September 24, 2010 2:33 pm

Peter Callaghan mentioned in his column (TNT, 9-23) that some thought the main reason liquor was legalized in 1933 was for government revenue to help the country out of the Great Depression.

Right now we are in the biggest recession since then, and we have the opportunity to do the very same thing by legalizing marijuana. There would be even more advantages this time besides helping our enormously distressed government budget.

Our court system is helplessly bogged down with prosecuting marijuana cases and trying to fight a war that will never be won. Legalization would take a huge dent out of this fiscal nightmare.

Marijuana does not lead to more dangerous drugs except for those people who would go in that direction either way. I think everyone can see that pot will be decriminalized in the near future anyway, so let’s take advantage of the situation now by selling and taxing marijuana.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.