Who are real winners in marijuana regulations?

03/10/2014 8:03 PM

03/11/2014 4:07 PM

Re "Police, cities alter pot strategy" (Page A1, March 3): Clearly, the laws on marijuana do not hinder illegal growers, who hide in their secluded grow sites, shoot anyone who crosses them, and feast off their massive gains.

The fact that their product is illegal allows them to demand ridiculous prices. Since California is deep in debt, legalizing marijuana would allow it to become a taxable item, so the state would earn money instead of spending it chasing down growers.

The constant chase makes growers more dangerous. More people would grow for profit, and cartels would be less desperate.

The real losers would be the men running them. The price would plummet as more people grow. Making another law would only increase spending, risk more lives through continued raids of grow sites, and perpetuate the toxic situation.

-- Abraham Barr, Mount Shasta

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