Alcohol causes approximately 80,000 deaths a year in the United States, and cigarettes kill around 443,000.
Marijuana causes no deaths and has known medicinal use.
Guess which one is illegal? Makes no sense, does it?
Maybe Gov. Chris Gregoire should follow the lead of Seattle. Former police chief Norm Stamper is now on the board of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Gil Kerlikowski, also a former Seattle police chief, enforced a law that made marijuana the lowest priority.
If the state did this, and made pot use a simple misdemeanor with a reasonable fine, it would still be illegal, which might keeps the federal government away. Nobody would get a felony, and the police could put their time to better uses than dealing with harmless pot smokers.
Pot has been studied to death. Let’s not waste time on another one.