Pubdate: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 Source: News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA) Copyright: 2011 Tacoma News Inc. Contact: http://www.thenewstribune.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/442 Author: Tracy A. Baublits Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n191/a07.html?1214 OF COURSE MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGALIZED Re: "We need to consider what war on drugs has wrought" (Viewpoint, 3-22). Ingrid Walker makes some very good points about our drug laws. I wish to speak specifically towards the laws regarding pot. Calling something that has never caused a death and has known medical benefits as a "Schedule 1" drug is preposterous. In all reality, pot is not a drug at all. The number of athletes at the top of their game (think of swimmer Michael Phelps) who have been busted should be a clue. If you went back to the 1930s and the amount spent on this, adjusted for inflation, would be in the trillions. Just release all simple-possession prisoners and the government could save around $45,000 a year for each person incarcerated for no good reason. This does not even go into the many uses of hemp for farmers and others. I don't have enough space here to really get into this anymore. The insanity would take a while to explain. Tracy A. Baublits Fife - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.