I was pleased to read The Sun's editorial board calling for an end to marijuana criminalization in Maryland ("Md. shifts on marijuana," Feb. 18). Marijuana prohibition, and drug prohibition in general, have made millions of Americans and thousands of Marylanders into criminals, yet overall drug use is not down, overdoses have been rising and we continue to spend billions arresting and incarcerating non-violent offenders who are disproportionately minorities, leading to the economic decimation of entire communities.
Decriminalization of marijuana may be an excellent first step, but broader and more extensive action is needed. It's time for more state politicians to follow the lead of Dels. Heather Mizeur and Curt Anderson in calling for a legalized and tightly regulated system and a swift end to the nonsensical and counter-productive "war on drugs."
Brandon Levey, Glen Burnie
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