Legalize it, don't criminalize it
Sep 19, 2013 | 5365 views | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Comptroller John Liu's support for medical marijuana ("State Must Legalize Medical Marijuana" Guest Oped - September 12) makes sense and should go further.

Consumption of marijuana for both medical and recreational use has been 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 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, along with ever-increasing levels of confiscatory taxation and debt by government, than individuals who get high in the privacy of their own home.

What consenting adults consume, inhale, perform, read or view in the privacy of their own home or private social club isn't the concern of government. It is time to permit consenting adults access to any so-called illegal products or substances without fear from government harassment.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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