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POT: Legalize, tax and regulate marijuana

Letter by Lawrence H. Smith, University Place on Oct. 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm | 23 Comments »
October 6, 2011 1:58 pm

People with chronic pain should absolutely have access to marijuana as a way of dealing with that pain. I believe most readers would agree with that statement. I go a step further with my view, however: Marijuana should be made legal for adults to use if they choose to do so.

Forget about medical marijuana. Let’s finally end this crazy prohibition against a naturally occurring plant that many people use, albeit against current laws. Alcohol, too, was also against the law. Ken Burns’ recent PBS special showed us how stupid it was to try to eliminate something that people enjoy.

Let’s finally come to the conclusion that the war on drugs is a failure where marijuana is concerned and legalize its use for adults. Regulate it and tax in a manner similar to how we regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco. Let’s finally stop this insanity.

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