June 30, 2011

Legalize marijuana, let it live or die on its own

More news and wrangling about marijuana and growers, who is, who isn't. Still, it's the American profit motive at work. Everyone wants to grow marijuana for money, and lots of both. Who wouldn't want to get rich? The news is that someone else wants a piece of the pie and didn't get selected.

The business models and profit motives could be more of a problem than marijuana. Look what the tobacco companies did with cigarettes.

If you think the state is any better, look at how it markets lottery tickets. Sure, play responsibly, and cigarettes aren't addictive. Tobacco companies want kids to think smoking is "cool," and the state wants you to think "you're a winner."

Criminals and crime families with financial statements larger than many countries don't want marijuana legal. But making it legal, growers and dispensaries can make a fortune. The state endorses marijuana monopolies for a $15,000 application fee, and looks at making a lot of tax revenue. It reminds me of casino politics with different bedfellows, and I think they're all out to do us bad.

Regardless of who controls it, when money and profit are the issue, they want to make more, sell more and tax more. If you regulate it more, that's more state jobs and more healthcare costs requiring physician control. It all leads to someone controlling marijuana for profit.

If it was just legal (or just illegal to sell), it would inhibit anyone promoting (pushing) marijuana for unreasonable personal gain. Let marijuana live, or die, on its own without the profit incentive, and I think we'd all be happier with the results. I think legalization is the better choice, whether you're for or against its use.

Let's free marijuana and legalize it.

Dean DeWitt

China Village

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