We should absolutely not legalize marijuana in this state, but only if the opponents to this initiative will pledge to fight for the criminalization of alcohol, which does far more damage but is legal.
They will not do that because Prohibition was a massive failure, as has been our decadeslong “war on drugs.”
You cannot be against one such recreational substance — marijuana — and be for another one that causes more problems — alcohol — without proving yourself a hypocrite.
I do not smoke marijuana, or use it in any way, but our state could certainly use the additional funds taxing it would bring. And there are many nonviolent people in prison now whose only crime was to disagree with the government about what they should be allowed to do in the privacy of their own home.
Roy G. Wilson