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MARIJUANA: Voters bamboozled again

Letter by Joseph J. Henry, Puyallup on Jan. 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm | No Comments »
January 18, 2013 4:23 pm

Re: “Give us voters a little credit” (letter, 1-14).

Why would anyone give voters credit for passing legislation that not only violates federal law but condemns future generations to disastrous health consequences?

Not once during the legalization campaign were the health aspects of using marijuana dissected. Why didn’t the medical and health care professionals weigh in? Maybe they’re looking for a new revenue stream. Instead, a 20-second TV spot bamboozled the naive voters into thinking a large new revenue stream would be created and the state would save millions in legal costs (wasn’t marijuana already decriminalized?) along with taking organized crime off the streets.

Creating a new revenue stream by legalizing a psychogenic drug is irresponsible and medically insane, and organized crime will only transfer to the legal storefront. Our youth, who were on the fence because of the legal issue, will indulge at a much younger age and longer. If health care costs are on the rise now, just wait until the physical and mental effects of marijuana use hit the hospitals; medical costs will skyrocket.

Hey, I have an idea. Let’s legalize prostitution. Now there’s a revenue stream.

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