Pubdate: Mon, 16 Sep 2013
Source: Newsday (NY)
Copyright: 2013 Newsday Inc.
Author: Marguerite Pastirchak


We should not be giving tax breaks to companies instead of citizens 
["Tax cuts on agenda in Albany," News, Sept. 5]. A better idea for 
tax relief would be to legalize and tax marijuana, which would bring 
in a lot of revenue. Legalizing this drug would mean we could reduce 
funding for police and corrections. Also, legalizing pot would mean 
more people could get and keep jobs, as too many people lose jobs 
because of cruel testing for marijuana use. These tests hurt good 
people. This does not make sense.

Legalizing pot would reduce alcohol use, which could reduce domestic 
violence, as well as the number of fatal accidents caused by drunken 
drivers. Pot could be used in place of many drugs that have dangerous 
side effects, such as dementia.

If it does not get legalized in New York, I might as well move to 
where it is and pay less in taxes too.

Marguerite Pastirchak

Port Jefferson Station
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