Nelson resident responds to marijuana legalization debate

People who opppose the legalization of marijuana do so out of irrational fear. They are afraid that everyone will start growing and using.

People who opppose the legalization of marijuana do so out of irrational fear. They are afraid that everyone will start growing and using marijuana.

First, not everyone will use it, just as not everyone smokes cigarettes or drinks liquor.

Second, as we have seen with cigarettes, a good negative advertising campaign has resulted in there being fewer smokers than before.

Third, as we have seen with the prohibition of liquor, crime and home brewing were the results. With its legalization, government revenue increased and in large cities, one does not see thousands if people stumbling along sidewalks in a drunken stupor.

Legalization of marijuana will decrease crime, stop wasting police resources catching pot users, and lead to more government revenue. What’s wrong with that?

Bob Abrahams

Nelson