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TACOMA: Legalized sales of pot are preferable

Letter by Thomas J. Saladino, Bremerton on July 25, 2012 at 9:29 am | 10 Comments »
July 25, 2012 10:13 am

Re:”Will Tacoma council protect pot shops’ neighbors?” (editorial, 7-24).

Your editorial complains that medical marijuana dispensaries are selling pot to “ordinary dopers” but fails to explain why that’s a problem.

I will concede that legalized marijuana sales that were justified for medical uses are being abused, but I fail to see the problem with that. What do you think “ordinary dopers” look like? They look like your neighbors, your co-workers and any other “ordinary citizens” you might know.

With legalized sales, all proceeds go to legitimate business owners and the state (through taxes). Without legalized sales, all proceeds go to criminals and eventually Mexican and South American drug cartels. I cannot understand how anyone thinks that’s preferable to taxing and regulating the sales.

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