Voice of the People: Legalizing marijuana makes dollars and sense

Voice of the People by James J. Devine

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an organization that recognizes the war on drugs is over and the government lost. Police, prosecutors, judges and everyday citizens are joining together to fight back against the failed, dangerous and expensive “war on drugs.” America’s experience with the “war on drugs” has led those on the front lines to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who now control the illegal market. New Jersey should quickly follow Colorado’s lead marijuana by putting a question on the ballot. On Jan. 1, Colorado began allowing the sale of pot, the third most popular recreational drug in America, after alcohol and tobacco, after 55% of voters said yes to legalizing recreational marijuana. Pot is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, legalization would save taxpayers $10 billion annually on enforcing prohibition and as one of the most heavily taxed consumer products, marijuana is initially adding $67 million a year to Colorado coffers. Sen. Nick Scaturis is proposing legislation, but why bother with that route when anti-marijuana Republican Chris Christie is probably going to get in the way with a veto?

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1 comment for “Voice of the People: Legalizing marijuana makes dollars and sense

  1. Aaron Mason
    February 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Stop wasting our tax dollars and police time on this stupid BULLSHlT, we al know marijuana is harmless.

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