Pubdate: Tue, 26 Jul 2005
Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX)
Copyright: 2005 Amarillo Globe-News
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


As a non-smoker, I'm all for taxing other people's vices, so I have 
absolutely no sympathy for Terry Burnett (July 20 letter, "Yet 
another tax increase awaits Texas smokers").

Speaking of taxes, why isn't marijuana taxed? If marijuana were 
regulated, taxed and sold in licensed business establishments like 
tobacco products are, countless millions if not billions of dollars 
would flow into our tax coffers.

Marijuana would no longer be sold by criminals - criminals who often 
offer free samples of other, much more dangerous drugs like meth to 
their marijuana customers.

When I was a marijuana user more than 15 years ago, I was frequently 
offered free samples of other drugs like meth and cocaine. (Yet I've 
never been offered a free sample of whiskey or vodka when buying beer or wine.)

Fortunately, I turned down all offers of free samples of other drugs. 
Unfortunately, many others do not - thus the gateway effect.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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