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Attorney on recreational marijuana in Michigan : 'It is not a gateway drug'

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Letter to the editor

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To the editor,

Cannabis should be legal and regulated for adults.

Proposal 1 would regulate cannabis possession for adults away from kids, cars, and the public, and impose a 10 percent sin tax on cannabis sales plus 6 percent sales tax.

It would forbid sales except through state licensed businesses. Licensed shop owners won't get rich. The IRS forbids normal business tax deductions so about 80 percent of profits will go straight into the public treasury.

Proposal 1 protects landlords who don't want cannabis on their property, protects employers with workplace drug policies, keeps cannabis away from schools, and provides for drugged driving arrests for abusers.

As an attorney I watched many lives ruined due to marijuana law enforcement, but cannabis itself poses no public safety threat. It is not a gateway drug, is not addictive, and is not harmful to humans. Cannabis is as popular as beer. Alcohol prohibition ended 85 years ago, and it is time to end cannabis prohibition.

 
 

As a Republican and civil libertarian my view is that limited government, based on personal liberty and rule of law, should not try account for tastes. Laws that don't respect people breed people who don't respect laws. Vote "yes" on Proposal 1.

Gregory Carl Schmid

Saginaw

 

https://www.michigansthumb.com/opinion/article/Attorney-on-pot-It-is-not-a-gateway-drug-13284185.php

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