Another View: Legalizing marijuana in Maine would force federal changes

May 12th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: May 12
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Another View: Legalizing marijuana in Maine would force federal changes

The state should act on its own to end this wasteful burden on police and the courts.

I’m surprised at the editorial position of The Portland Press Herald on marijuana legislation (“Debate on marijuana belongs in federal arena,” April 21). The fact of a present disconnect between state and federal laws involving marijuana isn’t a basis for dismissing the importance of L.D. 1453. To the contrary, the fact that states across America have enacted various statutes authorizing the regulated use of marijuana is strong evidence that the national perspective is changing.


Cris Edward Johnson is a resident of Scarborough.

Passing L.D. 1453 would not subject Mainers to greater risk under federal enforcement efforts. But it would eliminate a wasteful burden that state authorities (including police, courts, corrections) presently bear at the expense of Maine taxpayers.

Federal authorities are in a serious quandary concerning the enforcement guidelines they presently employ and those they will need to employ in the future. This is an event horizon. The 13 states (including Maine) that have already begun to revise their state legislation concerning marijuana will be joined by many others. The more involvement by state legislatures in pronouncing the futility, wastefulness and personal harm that marijuana prohibition promotes,

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