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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 with 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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  1. Pot should never have been made illegal. Way past time to remove a law that has hurt so many.

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    What’s the difference between pot and booze? Seems to me both are intended to help you get “high.”

  3. sumyungboi says:

    Why don’t we all just quit pretending that this is about “medicinal” pot? It isn’t. It’s high time to decriminalize it.

  4. Lilyfleur says:

    Also there are judges..lawyers..and doctors that use weed.I would prefer someone use weed as opposed to cigs..booze..and McDonalds…all those things kill

  5. Harry_Anslinger says:

    If you made the argument that alcohol should be prohibited and spent money on attack ads showing only winos and wife beating drunks and drunk driving statistics you’d be labeled a clown and a stereotyping jerk. Yet people do that with cannabis all the time. The thing that is most frustrating is they have less sound reasoning to continue cannabis than they have for the dangers of alcohol. Many simply are insecure and project an air of arrogance, like their non use of cannabis makes them better than those who do. That is patently false and in many cases opposite of the truth. I don’t smoke pot but many well educated, well spoken, very intelligent and creative people enjoy cannabis on occasion and they should have the right to do so. Hopefully some will realize this and replace insecurity and ignorance with education and the filter of Constitutional freedom.

  6. Harry_Anslinger says:

    *continue cannabis prohibition. Sorry, left that word out.

  7. bobcat1a says:

    Pot is illegal because of institutional brainwashing dating to the 1930s. The American public bought “Reefer Madness,” hook, line, and sinker; and the majority of them still buy it.

  8. Why does pot have a bad rep? Because all of us knew a “pothead” in high school. The kid who was stoned all the time and was a total idiot. That kid exists in every school.

    I agree with decriminaliation. But legal? I think that is a step to far. The costs to society will outweight any tax receipts.

  9. SwordofPerseus says:

    CT7- buzzer sound of wrong answer. Explain why legalization is a step “TOO FAR”? It is far costlier to prosecute anyone for the non crime of marijuana use/sale. Legalize it. Period. Anything else is a wast of time, money, and life!;-}+<

  10. Because I feel if it is legal, more people will get high in greater frequency, quantity.

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