Pubdate: Thu, 02 Jun 2011
Source: Centre Daily Times (PA)
Copyright: 2011 Nittany Printing and Publishing Co., Inc.
Author: Cheri Sparacino


As a teenager interested in the well-being of our country, I am always
listening to the news of our economy's recession and our government's
deficit. While this is taking our politicians in Washington a long
time to solve, a simple solution sticks out in my mind: the
legalization of marijuana.

I'm not saying this would be a quick fix, but I think it would provide
favorable gains for our country.

The legalization would prove to be tremendously beneficial to the
United States, allowing for medicinal purposes across the country and
funds to be funneled back into our economy. I am an advocate for
making chemotherapy treatments a bit less painful for cancer patients;
I am an advocate for taxing marijuana, which would allow for some
money to be made; and I am an advocate for our government spending its
time imprisoning real criminals rather than the "criminals" whose only
offense was getting high.

I hope this decision will be made before my generation has to pick up
the pieces from the mistakes of the nation's current leaders.

Cheri Sparacino

College Township
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