Legalize it, don't criminalize it
Apr 16, 2012 | 15359 views | 0 0 comments | 676 676 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Recent news that Governor Andrew Cuomo will not support legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2012 is disappointing. Despite the best efforts of both government and the Moral Majority social police, just like alcohol prohibition in the 1920's both have been total failures.

Creative entrepreneurs will always provide the citizen's 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 treatment programs. Our tax dollars would 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.

Citizens have more to fear from murder, arson, rape, muggings, robberies, auto and identity theft or home break-ins, as well as ever-increasing levels of confiscatory taxation and debt by government, 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.

It makes no sense that at 18, you can 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. It is time to permit consenting adults to access pot without fear from government harassment.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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