Pubdate: Thu, 01 Jul 2010
Source: News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)
Copyright: 2010 Kirk Muse
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about Richard W. Metz' thoughtful letter "Reasonable
regulation," June 27.

I'd like to add that it makes no sense, economic or moral, to jail
or imprison marijuana users or sellers.

Our jails and prisons should be reserved for those who harm others
against their will, not marijuana users, sellers or growers. We
don't jail or imprison those who produce, sell or use tobacco
products, even though tobacco is a highly addictive and very deadly

We don't have criminals growing tobacco in clandestine locations. We
don't have tobacco producers or sellers attempting to settle their
disputes with each other with gun battles in the streets.

If we were to criminalize tobacco, the situation would

We learned our lesson about criminalizing the drug alcohol in only 13
years. Why can't we learn the same lesson about marijuana?

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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