Pubdate: Thu, 21 Oct 2010
Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Frank L. Topping


Re "Too high" by Nick Miller (SN&R Frontlines, October

I don't use the stuff, but let's be reasonable; radical differences in
approach will lead (at least) to users traveling to areas where
taxation is least.

On the national level, such differentials with regard to age and
alcohol purchase have been shown to cost lives by youth commuting to
consume and driving impaired for the return trip. I realize that age
isn't the issue here, but most reasonable people would agree, I think,
that there is going to be an issue of sampling near the point of
purchase before facing the drive home by many-too many. This will
cause increased highway danger for everyone. Not good.

And, yes, those set to continue profiting from illegal distribution
certainly will, and any benefit of reduced crime from legalization
will suffer.

Frank L. Topping

Rancho Cordova
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