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The high cost of marijuana legalization [Letter]

I wholeheartedly agree with Mike Gimbel ("Say no to legalized pot," Jan. 11) and Celie Hanauer ("Marijuana is a serious threat to kids," Jan. 18) that legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. I have seen first-hand what pot does to a person's lack of initiative and how it changes one's personality. Contrary to belief, marijuana is highly addictive. Just ask anyone who is trying to stop using.

Unfortunately, it's all about money. Legalizing marijuana may bring in more revenue, but what about the cost of taking care of future addicts? Our kids are more important than the almighty dollar.

Anita Shaw, Catonsville

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