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Letter | Legalized Marijuana

Failed policy has created generation of young drug dealers

This month Rhode Island state Representative Edith Ajello and state Senator Donna Nesselbush introduced bills that would tax and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use (“R.I. lawmakers introducing marijuana legalization bills,” Metro, Feb. 6). I applaud their initiative.

Marijuana prohibition has failed, and these measures are an important step in correcting that failed policy. Prohibition was intended to reduce youth marijuana use, yet daily marijuana use among high schoolers has tripled since 1991. National surveys consistently show that more than 80 percent of high school seniors say marijuana is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain.

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