Pubdate: Mon, 28 May 2012
Source: Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
Copyright: 2012 The Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Kirk Muse


I agree with everything Robert Sharpe wrote in his thoughtful letter, 
"End war on marijuana" (Forum, May 21), except for his call to 
decriminalize marijuana. Decriminalization is not the answer.

Decriminalization of use is what we had with alcohol during 
Prohibition (producers and suppliers were punished but not 
consumers). The only answer is full legalization.

Only fully legal products can be regulated by any government agency. 
Only fully legal products can be controlled by any government agency. 
And only fully legal products can be taxed by any government agency.

Decriminalization leaves the control and distribution of marijuana in 
the hands of criminal gangs. We need full legalization of marijuana.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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