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Legalized pot is not the answer

Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is proposing legalizing and taxing marijuana. Jealous wants to use the money to pay for universal pre-kindergarten.

Ben Jealous, a candidate for governor, recently claimed to have a “bold plan” to bring universal pre-K to our state, and he wants to use money from recreational marijuana to do it (“Would taxing marijuana pay for universal pre-K in Maryland? Hogan and Jealous spar over the answer,” Aug. 20). To me, that’s like paying for a new hospital by encouraging more car crashes.

Everywhere commercialized marijuana has been, legal trouble followed and continues to plague those states. In Colorado, a recent study by the state itself found of the 4,000 drivers tested for marijuana in 2016, 73 percent were found to have the drug in their system. In Oregon, a glut of marijuana is making its way through the black market to the East and West coasts. And in California, drug cartels are using indentured servants to cultivate pot.

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The overall costs to society from recreational pot far outweigh any unproven benefit to our schools.

Ann Frances, Catonsville

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