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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

The road to legalized marijuana in Washington state

Regulations are problematic

Different marijuana products in the display window of Northwest Patient Resource Center in West Seattle. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

Different marijuana products in the display window of Northwest Patient Resource Center in West Seattle. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

I’m proud to be a Seattleite, and we have been on the front lines when it comes to a sensible approach to pot. But watching the current wrangling over the rules and regulations is mind-boggling. [“New penalties for boating under influence,” NW Tuesday, July 23.]

We finally get the state out of the liquor business, and immediately put them in charge of running the pot business. I predict that, in less than 10 years, we will be back at the polls voting the state out of the pot business.

The economic model of taxing at all levels will insure the black market continues to thrive. If you are lucky enough to have a good, reliable dealer now, you aren’t going to pay retail prices.

Right now, it looks to me like the only place you can smoke pot legally is at home with your family and kids. I understand there is a lot of reefer madness still out there, but we are not the first to venture into legal pot. Check out Amsterdam.

Let’s all relax and enjoy one of God’s truly wonderful gifts to mankind.

Peter Arthur, Seattle

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