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Reader Input: Marijuana is not OK

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Legalizing marijuana? Really? Making it legal in Colorado was already a bad idea. in my opinion. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the U.S. as well as around the world.
By legalizing it, the number of marijuana activists would increase by many, also perverting the youth into thinking that “smoking a joint” is normal and can’t do a thing to them.
This is where reality kicks in. Reducing the use of marijuana can and will improve our country’s health, education and productivity which is much needed right now.
The government believes that stronger varieties of marijuana are less desirable and wanted, which may be true in some cases, but all in all, I personally still don’t think marijuana should be made legal.
The tax issues, increases in crimes and its economic impact on people support my opinions 100 percent. It’s attracting people of all ages to have a more negative outlook on all things around them.
And since I believe the legalization of pot would increase rather than reduce the number of marijuana users, legalizing marijuana is definitely not a smart public health or safety strategy for any state, much less, our own country.
Marijuana certainly isn’t a drug we want to put our stamp of approval on.
ARIANNA STANSFIELD, student, Auburn