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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Legalizing marijuana

Won’t prevent crime, health issues

I again have to endure another article about the logic behind the legalization of mind-altering drugs [“Finally, some honesty about drugs,” Opinion, David Sirota column, April 6].

As in most articles, the logic is flawed. Yes, Mexico is under siege by cartels that are making money on the United States’ failures in society. Yes, we are spending millions of dollars to fight illegal drugs in the United States.

However, whether we legalize marijuana or not, these facts will not change. There are many legal drugs in today’s medicine cabinets that are being used illegally for the monetary benefit of their makers. Every day, our courts spend millions of dollars prosecuting the results of the misuse of legal drugs.

Legalizing marijuana would be no different from legal alcohol or tobacco. The problem is that two wrongs don’t make a right. Legal as smoking and drinking alcohol are, it doesn’t prevent negative health issues and criminal activity. Adding another social drug to the legal usage column would just add to the government’s cost.

I have to admit I have no solution other than educating the public. Maybe Mexico would be more diligent in solving their own problems if we discontinue financing a corrupt government.

— Jim Morris, Renton

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