Readers Write: Editorial on legalizing marijuana a breath of fresh air

Readers Write: Editorial on legalizing marijuana a breath of fresh air

“Stop the madness, Legalize Marijuana in N.Y.” (Editorial – Dec. 8) is a breath of fresh air which makes sense. Consumption of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is part of mainstream America, transcending generations.

Creative entrepreneurs will always provide the citizens’ desire, regardless of government approval.

Consumers have voted with their dollars, making marijuana consumption a multibillion-dollar enterprise today. Legalize it and add a sales tax. Revenues will more than cover the costs of any abuse.

Our tax dollars will be better used if police and judges spend more time prosecuting those who commit real crimes against individuals or property than going after those who consume or distribute marijuana. 

Significant  space will be freed up in jails to incarcerate actual criminals.

Citizens have more to fear from murder, arson, rape, muggings, robberies, auto and identity theft or home break-ins than individuals who get high in the privacy of their own home.

Law enforcement authorities should be free to pursue those who commit real crimes against citizens and property.

At 18, you are old enough to vote, be a parent, pay taxes, own a car, take out a bank loan, serve in the military and die for your country — but not consume marijuana. This makes no sense.

What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home or private social club should not be the concern of government.

Individual economic and civil liberties prosper best when government stays out of both the bedroom and marketplace.

Stop wasting billions of dollars on the war on drugs.  End sending bribe money in the form of foreign aid to other nations so they can pay their farmers not to grow pot.  Legalize the growth and sales of marijuana. 

Add a small national sales tax on all legal transactions. 

This could raise significant revenues and cover any medical costs for potential excessive consumption by some users.  It would free up the military, courts and law enforcement to deal with other more important issues.

Let us hope that we have finally learned from the obvious failures of Prohibition. It is time to permit consenting adults to access any so-called illegal products or substances without fear from government harassment

Larry Penner

Great Neck


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