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DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA

With kids, drugs, violence all in mix, how can legalization be a taboo subject?

October 17, 2010

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KEVIN CULLEN, in his column “Smoking, guns’’ (Metro, Oct. 12) correctly states that a lot of high school kids are using marijuana and that there is violence associated with marijuana sales. He admits that legalization might end the violence, but says that that discussion is “taboo.’’

What?

We need a serious, non-taboo discussion of legalization for precisely the two reasons he mentions. High school students have more access to dope than to booze because dealers never check ID. With legalization, you can also have age regulations, a much more effective way of curbing teen marijuana use. Likewise, with legalization, you can sell marijuana in nonresidential businesses that can afford to hire security.

Perhaps, as Cullen suggests, more adults would try marijuana if it were legalized. But stopping the violence and protecting our children are both more important than telling adults what they can’t choose to consume. They’re also both more important than Cullen’s conception of what discussions are taboo.

Andy Gaus
Boston

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