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Legalize marijuana? It’s only natural

In all the conversation about the legalization of marijuana, one indisputable fact remains that, inexplicably, I never see mentioned, and that should have been sufficient to overturn marijuana’s illegality decades ago: Marijuana occurs naturally in the wild.

Moreover, it goes from plant to use without an intermediary step of refinement. This cannot be said of alcohol, which must be distilled in a complicated process from constituent components ranging from corn and rye to potatoes.

That marijuana is illegal and alcohol is legal is at the heart of one of the greatest contradictions in jurisprudence.

How does the government get off prohibiting the use of a plant that grows wild in nature? God tried it, and look where it got us. Remember the apple?

Edward S. “Rip” Van Winkle, Essex, Conn.