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Letters: Legalizing marijuana would diminish demand

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Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 1:57 pm

I’m writing about Jon Beydler’s thoughtful opinion: “Legalizing marijuana would cripple drug cartels” (July 16): I’d like to add that legalizing marijuana would also greatly diminish demand for it over the long term.

In the Netherlands, marijuana has been quasi legal for several decades and yet the Dutch use marijuana at less than half the rates Americans do. See the web site: www.drugwarfacts.org/thenethe.htm

Before marijuana was criminalized nationally via the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, we only had about 100,000 marijuana users. Now the U.S. government estimates that at least 100 million Americans have used it.

The lure of the forbidden fruit is very powerful.

Kirk Muse, Mesa

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