Seattle Times: Let’s legalize pot

Feb 18, 2011, 3:49 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

There have been many arguments recently about whether Washington should legalize marijuana. A new Seattle Times editorial says the state legislature should legalize pot, then regulate it, tax it and lead a repeal of federal prohibition.

Their opinion includes this reasoning when it comes to the way parents might think about legalizing pot:

There is a deep urge among parents to say: “No. Don’t allow it. We don’t want it.” We understand the feeling. We have felt it ourselves. Certainly the life of a parent would be easier if everyone had no choice but to be straight and sober all the time. But an intoxicant-free world is not the one we have, nor is it the one most adults want.

Marijuana is available now. If your child doesn’t smoke it, maybe it is because your parenting works. But prohibition has not worked.

Pass HB 1550 . Legalize cannabis, regulate it, tax it. It is radical, yet commonsensical.

“It has taken me a long time to get to this position,” said HB 1550’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Seattle.

It took us a long time also. The people of Washington may already be there, and if not, they are close.

A daring editorial from the Times. Times Editorial Page Editor and Associate Publisher Ryan Blethen says the newspaper understands that “a good number of citizens may disagree with our call on this.”

And you say…?

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