Pubdate: Wed, 07 Aug 2013
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC)
Copyright: 2013 The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Author: Chris Hindman


I believe marijuana should be legalized. Legalizing pot and taxing it 
would generate millions in extra revenue to help provide health 
insurance for the poor and help maintain Social Security.

Pot is no more harmful than alcohol. If it's legal for bars, stores 
and restaurants to sell alcohol to rake in money, legalizing pot 
seems logical. Marijuana users should have the same freedom as the 
millions of alcohol users. A person should be able to make his or her 
own choice.

Making marijuana users out to be hardened criminals is unfair and 
unjust. Most pot smokers are no more criminals than alcohol users. 
And marijuana doesn't cause cirrhosis of the liver like alcohol.

The legal system should leave pot smokers alone and focus its efforts 
on those who sell and use lethal narcotics. Too many police officers' 
time is wasted chasing pot smokers. The widespread use of narcotic 
drugs is a more serious problem in America today.

Our government needs to get wiser and more just and legalize pot for 
all these reasons. Legalizing pot seems to me to be a logical and 
justifiable choice. I believe many would agree. It's time for Uncle 
Sam to get real.

Chris Hindman

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