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By Roger A Roffman DSW
Professor Emeritus University of Washington 

I-502 needs to be passed

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

In a recent letter to the editor in The Sentinel, Joy Collins notes that marijuana is not harmless.

I couldn’t agree more and would like to take this opportunity to explain why I agreed to sponsor the marijuana legalization initiative and why I urge concerned parents to vote “yes” next November.

Today marijuana is illegal, yet many millions of Americans are choosing to use it. In Joy’s home town of Lyle and throughout our country, most young people know how to acquire it.

Despite the billions we’ve spent on enforcing the marijuana laws, we’ve not been nearly successful enough in preventing either its use or some people from suffering harms. The billions of doll...

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Reader Comments

SteveSarich writes:

Oh Roger....PLEASE tell the truth! You hate marijuana and your whole career has revolved around perpetuating the Reefer Madness model. That's how you've gotten all your public funding. You still think marijuana is a dangerous, addicting, drug. But you signed on to this New Approach to Prohibition because you believe that you'll receive millions in funding for your personal pet projects at the UW. I really look forward to debating you. Steve Sarich No On I-502 Committee


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