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MARIJUANA: Give us voters a little credit

Letter by Bill M. Gleason, Tacoma on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm | No Comments »
January 14, 2013 1:17 pm

Re: “Lawmakers encourage marijuana slowdown” (TNT, 1-12).

This should be titled, “Here we go again.”

Will legislators ever give their constituents some credit for having the sense for change and open-mindedness? I hope someday the elected will have some GUTS (Government Using Taxpayers’ Sense).

The Liquor Control Board has been in the distribution business for years. Who is better qualified to set up a new system quickly?

This state is on the leading edge to save millions of dollars in legal and incarceration costs and create a new revenue stream. Distribution and cultivation can create thousands of new jobs. It’s about time legislators represented their constituents and not clients for fundraising needs.

Costs of Medicaid and other federal health mandates are increasing constantly, yet legislators already want to grab the people’s choice for the new revenue. I feel license fees should be low and limited to investors with a net worth of $250,000 or less.

Staying small keeps incomes in households and local communities. Big banks do the opposite by offshoring help and income, paying fewer taxes and requiring taxpayer subsidies. Competition is what built America, creating savings for the people. Imbalanced product costs for big and small liquor distributors are already stifling competition.

“We the people” are constituents, not clients, and made a decision to stop kicking the can down the road. I’ve never used marijuana but voted for it to increase local jobs and state revenue and to cut enforcement costs for illegal use.

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