Recently state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came out in favor of legalizing marijuana for responsible adult consumption, and I applaud him for taking this stand (“Auditor General Sees Tax Revenue Potential in Pot,” March 7).
Will it solve all of Pennsylvania’s financial problems? No, but it sure will help. What it also will help is stopping thousands of people’s lives from being ruined each year when they get arrested for an intoxicant that is far less harmful than any other substance on Earth. And as a person who has personally witnessed how the opiate crisis is killing our citizens on a daily basis, I’d like to point out that it has been shown that states that have legalized marijuana have shown a 25 percent reduction in opiate use.
The time is now to end this madness.
On a side note, there will be a marijuana decriminalization rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. If you can attend, I urge you to do so.