Colorado and Washington’s tax revenue windfall following their legalizing “recreational” marijuana establishes a false premise that legalizing a harmful psychotropic drug prone to abuse is needed.

Noam Chomsky explains: “... the U.S. tax and transfer system creates a 28.5 percent reduction in the poverty rate whereas all other industrialized countries decrease poverty rates by between 60 and 80 percent, the only exceptions being Britain, Australia, and Canada, whose tax and transfer programs still reduce poverty rates by approximately 50 percent.” (“Understanding Powers,” Chapter 10; footnote 28).

Jerry Garcia, of the folk/rock band The Grateful Dead, once said (regarding voting Democrat or Republican): “If you’re choosing the lesser of two evils, you’re still choosing evil.” That applies to the alcohol/marijuana comparison as well, since Garcia, after years of glorifying substance abuse, died of a heart attack in a rehab center attempting to overcome heroin – a drug he quite likely did not start out with on his psychedelic journey.

Bruce Deile

Astoria

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