Although not surprised, I was sorely disappointed that the state Legislature has made the unfortunate decision to legalize recreational marijuana. For every reason given for this law, there are better alternatives. If it’s job creation, why not expand the recycling industry or production of less expensive healthy food options? If it’s unfair application of criminal codes, the current climate of scrutinizing police behavior might have been the best opportunity ever to address this issue. Laws against marijuana can’t prevent all access or use, but I have no doubt that they are a deterrent for at least part of the population.

The fact that legalization (theoretically) applies only to adults does not impress me. We’re dealing with yet another substance that literally alters the brain’s functioning. It’s…



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