In her October 18ths letter, Joya Danyluk voiced her concerns about the legalization of marijuana but it has one serious flaw.
Most everyone who feels they would like to smoke marijuana is already doing it. Pot is available anywhere. Yes, there are health and social issues brought on by marijuana use. But keeping it illegal is doing nothing to slow down the problem. It is only providing a wonderful source of profit for organized crime.
Legalizing the sale of the product would control the quality of the pot and would realize tax revenues for government. Under the present arrangement organized crime is making the profits and they have no interest in ensuring they are selling a "safe" product.
Legalizing pot will not solve all of the problems. Legalizing booze didn't solve all of the problems associated with it - but it did eliminate the criminal element that was involved in it while prohibition existed. And government has realized huge tax revenues.
I am 77 years old, have no interest in smoking pot, but put me down as in favour of legalization.