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September 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Legalizing marijuana in Washington state and beyond

Pot should be legal everywhere

The Cannabis Freedom March towards Westlake Park in Seattle, on May 11, 2013. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

The Cannabis Freedom March towards Westlake Park in Seattle, on May 11, 2013. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

Dealing with marijuana, currently a federally illegal, controlled substance, has always been a serious struggle for our Congress as well as local governments. [“Coming soon: 334 pot stores in state,” page one, Sept. 5.]

I want our members of Congress to finally consider decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana and its derivatives, treating it the same way alcohol has been since the repeal of the 22nd Amendment.

There is no doubt that there are safety and health concerns that must be addressed. But let’s put it this way, alcohol was, is, and will be dangerous when consumed in an excessive and irresponsible manner. It is a regulated substance that can be consumed and even studied for medical-treatment purposes.

Marijuana has the discoverable potential to save many lives, if fully legalized and treated the same way alcohol and other substances currently are.

Why can’t the federal government make up its mind and pave the way for sensible, science- and society-centered drug law reforms?

Erick Dietrich, Walla Walla

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