Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Initiative 502: Legalization of marijuana in Washington state
More thought to regulation needed
The war on drugs, like alcohol prohibition before it, has had disastrous effects. The tax-and-regulate approach to tobacco also had bad results until the vigorous crackdown of recent years.
While Bruce Ramsey [“An evening with Thor’s Hammer,” Opinion, Oct. 10] feels that adults who want to smoke marijuana should be allowed to do so, he admits that it may not be good for children and that some adults can have problems with overuse.
Taxing marijuana would provide useful revenue and might help discourage overuse. On the regulatory side, though, a lot more thinking is needed. Remember all the ways the tobacco companies found to attract young people’s interest in their product.
How can that kind of thing be prevented? What standards are needed for content and what should labels reveal? Who is going to take responsibility for making legalization work?
-- Bruce Pringle, Normandy Park