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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 19, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Laws for medical and recreational marijuana

We need one system

Medical-marijuana patients who grow their own supply can buy young plants at dispensaries like GreenLink. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Medical-marijuana patients who grow their own supply can buy young plants at dispensaries like GreenLink. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

I agree that for Initiative 502 to succeed, there must ultimately be one system [“Reconcile marijuana laws,” Opinion, May 14].

The opponents of I-502 (most of them in the medical-pot community) need to understand that while they advanced the ball 10 steps, it was 15 steps that was needed for the war on drugs to end. And that while they are enjoying their members-only club, the rest of us are still struggling with prohibition.

But it will all come down to price. Right now, at many dispensaries, it is $15 a gram for the high-quality cannabis. This is already too high for a lot of us. If taxes bring the price any higher, the whole thing will revert to the black market.

Pete Dempcy, Seattle

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