Posted 7 years ago on Oct. 30, 2011, 8:45 p.m. EST by Rico
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I just sent the following message to the President and all my elected representatives at the federal and state level (with appropriate modifications).
Honorable President Obama,
I am writing to urge you stop Marijuana Prohibition. Though I am personally opposed to the use of marijuana, I just viewed Ken Burn's excellent documentary "Prohibition," and it strikes me we have made the same mistake in regards marijuana as we made with alcohol between 1920 and 1933.
Just as in the prior Prohibition, citizens continue to use marijuana in spite of the law, and we suffer egregious consequences in our efforts to stop them; we spend a small fortune fighting a war long ago lost, have filled our prisons, fueled organized crime, and suffer violence on our borders.
California has proven there is a better way with its anti-smoking campaign; tax the product, regulate where it can be used, and spend revenues to educate the public of it's dangers.
I urge you to lead the country in reversing our failed Prohibition policy, and I thank you for considering my position on this matter.
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