Legalizing marijuana must be nationwide decision

April 26th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Just last week, State Rep. Diane Russell introduced LD 1453, a bill that would legalize marijuana. This bill will undoubtedly stir heated debate among those who feel that marijuana does not belong in the same class as heroin or crack cocaine, and those who would prefer to see it remain illegal.

We believe legalization of marijuana is a federal issue that needs to be dealt with at the federal level.

If this state bill were to pass, Maine would be at odds with the law of the land. For law enforcement, the mixed message could present a quandry. According to Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland, a decision on which law police would enforce in Maine would have to be “hammered out in the court system.”

It is for this reason that we cannot support legalization at this time. Americans have a mix of federal and local control. We must address national issues, such as drug policy, at the federal level rather than creating laws that conflict depending on which border you’ve crossed. Those who support legalization should bring this issue before their representatives and senators at the federal level so that regulation of marijuana might be reconsidered nationwide.

We admit, however, the Maine bill is tempting. It would create an entirely new industry of taxable, regulated and safe marijuana for recreational use, feeding an estimated $8.5 million annually in sales tax into the state’s economy. The drug would be sold and distributed at the new medical marijuana facilities throughout the state, which have

Article source: http://www.journaltribune.com/articles/2011/04/26/editorial/doc4db6dd0d83542832307901.txt

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  • Anonymous

    8.5 million, thats a lot of revenue for one part of the industry. Do you have any idea how much cigarettes and alchol bring to the economy in maine comparitively to the figure of marijuana? I like how you reminded of the federal level, but i think in order to achieve a response from the federal government we’ll have to see approval in certain states first.

  • Anonymous

    8.5 million, thats a lot of revenue for one part of the industry. Do you have any idea how much cigarettes and alchol bring to the economy in maine comparitively to the figure of marijuana? I like how you reminded of the federal level, but i think in order to achieve a response from the federal government we’ll have to see approval in certain states first.