Money saved by not prosecuting

In reference to the Wednesday letter about the down side of legalizing marijuana. (“Initiative based on many myths.”) I believe what the writer failed to address is the current costs of prosecuting those who partake in the smoking/possessing of marijuana. Even if the state did not make any money on the new law, just imagine the money they would save by legalizing it. Does that not amount to the same thing?

Does anyone really think that people will instead pay outrageous prices for something they can grow in their own yards? The state needs to stay out of the marijuana business, and instead legalize it, and stop wasting money on arrests and prosecution of nickel and dime users.

Linda Varon

Marysville

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