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April 1, 2013

It's time for new solutions to drug use


With limited resources and no indication that the illegal drug-using population is going to decrease demand any time soon, it’s time to question why we arrest people for buying marijuana.

“I personally don’t believe in (legalizing marijuana), but everything has to be looked at,” Devlin said. “Marijuana is not really the big issue. It’s the harder drugs.”

Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron, a pro-legalization scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute, was quoted in Politico about possible tax revenues available from legal marijuana sales.

He estimated that nationwide, it would garner $6.4 billion in new tax revenue — $4.3 billion for the federal government, and $2.1 billion for the states.

We must certainly do a better job of educating our citizens, particularly the young, about the dangers of drugs, but legalization should be on the table, too.

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