Marijuana legalization would be good for state coffers

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I have been following the events in Colorado and around the nation with great interest. The legalization of pot would provide a new revenue stream for state governments and, if done correctly, reduce the tax burden on working families, freeing up the ever popular “disposable income” to spur the economy. Marijuana use, just like tobacco and alcohol, is voluntary, so the taxes are voluntary. You want to use the product, pay the tax.

One problem, of course, is the overreaching federal government. The possession, distribution and use of pot are illegal.

One could argue that the legalization of pot would cut into the government’s profits and harm the so-called “war on drugs,” which is nothing more than a front to confiscate property, take our rights away and spend billions of dollars of our money. 

It will be interesting to see if the feds keep their “hands-off” approach.

The naysayers will argue that pot legalization will lead to the end of the United States as we know it. Others will argue that marijuana usage is a health issue, hurting the user and adding to health care costs. The reality is this: The United States is in trouble because parents don’t want to parent; they want to be friends with their kids. Parents are not involved in their children’s education and would rather have video games, television, movies and various community programs babysit and raise their kids.

As for the health issue, if the government and health advocacy groups were serious about the health of the nation, alcoholic beverages and tobacco would be illegal. We know that both are bad for the body, but government is addicted to the tax revenue.

I say smoke ’em if you got ’em, have a drink on me and don’t bogart that joint, my friend. In the end personal freedom and responsibility should always trump government control of our lives and choices.

Bethel Park

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