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For marijuana, prohibition is the experiment that failed

Workers processed marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary in Denver.

Ed Andrieski/Associated Press/file

Workers processed marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary in Denver.

Tom Keane is right that Colorado’s legal marijuana market may become a model for Massachusetts, but he misses one key point (“An experimental state,” Op-ed, Jan. 7). Prohibition, not legalization, has been the experiment.

Leaving the production and distribution of marijuana to criminals has had the same consequences as our experiment with alcohol prohibition: a violent market, widespread use of an unregulated product, and biased enforcement largely targeted at the disadvantaged.

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It’s time to end this experiment, just as we did 80 years ago.

Shaleen Title

Revere

The writer was a consultant to Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

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