Pubdate: Mon, 09 Mar 2009
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Pubdate: Mon, 09 Mar 2009
Copyright: 2009 The Oregonian
Author: Sandee Burbank


I am very emotional over the unnecessary death of an elderly Mulino 
man who, along with his 80-year-old mate, was accused of growing and 
selling marijuana ("Deputies kill armed man, 68, while serving arrest 
warrant," Mar. 6).

Marijuana use never killed anyone, but marijuana prohibition kills 
and destroys lives daily and is a waste of taxpayer money.

We must use common sense and make cannabis laws no more prohibitive 
than alcohol laws. Not only could we save scarce tax dollars now 
spent in Oregon to keep adults from using cannabis, but we could also 
tax and regulate sales and dramatically reduce the violence, crime 
and corruption that is always a part of prohibition.

Sandee Burbank

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