Pubdate: Thu, 26 Nov 2009
Source: Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
Copyright: 2009 The Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Adrienne Murphy


Right now, everyone is wondering how we will pay for health care 
reform. No one wants to be taxed more. No one wants money to be taken 
from other programs. No one wants to be left uninsured. I have a 
solution: Legalize, tax and regulate marijuana like we do alcohol. 
State and federal governments spend an estimated $44 billion a year 
on the war on drugs, and by legalizing cannabis, a significant part 
of that amount would be saved. Additionally, the tax revenue from 
legalization would net around $12 billion. This money could go toward 
health care reform, eliminating the need for tax increases or money 
being taken from our schools or other programs.

Adrienne Murphy

Salt Lake City
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