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Worried about 'synthetic' marijuana? Then legalize the real thing [Letter]

I see the usual crowd down in Annapolis is waxing hyperbolic about the so-called "synthetic marijuana" being sold in Maryland and offering the usual array of non-solutions ("Baltimore County officials seek tighter ban on synthetic marijuana," Jan. 13).

But here's a thought: If the politicians really want to stop people from buying these unknown and dangerous chemicals how about just following Colorado's lead and legalizing real marijuana instead of passing overly broad laws that don't really do anything?

The market for second rate knock-offs would disappear overnight, and instead of ingesting weird and possibly dangerous substances people would instead consume a naturally grown herb with the same level of toxicity as caffeine (and considerably less toxicity than aspirin).

Plus, we would see the benefit of freeing up police resources (and jail space) for actual violent criminals. It's a win-win solution.

William Smith, Baltimore

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