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November 8, 2012 at 7:27 AM

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Initiative 502: Voters support marijuana legalization

Less harm with legalization

In light of the election, legalization of marijuana is one of the most discussed issues. Reading over the article brought up a lot of good arguments for the passing of Initiative 502 [“Pot’s legal,” News, Nov. 7].

I think that one of the most important points brought up is that marijuana is Washington’s second-biggest crop. If this initiative were to pass, money could be made on the taxation of the pot, instead of the crop being tax-free and illegal, as it is now.

Another valid point is that no matter what, marijuana will always exist. Making it illegal will not make it disappear; it probably makes it more prominent because many more crimes are involved with pot. Too many arrests are for possession. There are so many worse crimes in our country that should be addressed.

The last point I want to make is that if marijuana use became legal, safety on the roads shouldn’t be an issue. Marijuana has an effect on people, but so does alcohol, therefore there is a .08 limit. Impose a limit for marijuana. By keeping marijuana illegal, more harm will be done than good.

— Rachel Brown, Lake Forest Park


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