Pubdate: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
Source: Pottstown Mercury (PA)
Copyright: 2013 The Mercury, a Journal Register Property
Author: Russell Rubert


I read with great interest the article about Pennsylvania state Sen. 
Daylin Leach's proposal to legalize the drug marijuana for medical 
purposes. While I am sure once legal many will abuse it and a number 
may find its use a stepping stone to harder narcotics, I feel the 
measure is in the best interests of all.

The plain truth is that the criminalization of this sustenance does 
society more harm then good. While attempting to help the public 
avoid the detrimental effects of a clearly harmful narcotic, 
government has repeated the mistake of Prohibition in creating and 
supporting a vast criminal network of violent organizations and drug 
related crime.

While I vehemently oppose the use of so-called casual drugs, I 
strongly support Mr. Leach's common-sense approach to this serious subject.

RUSSELL RUBERT King of Prussia

Editor's note: Sen. Leach's bill would legalize marijuana for all 
purposes - both medicinal and recreational. Marijuana would be sold 
in state stores across Pennsylvania and be subject to the sales tax.
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