Vote yes on 2

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Kudos for your excellent article on Proposition 2 ("Alaskans to decide on marijuana," Oct. 10). It is rare to find good, balanced reporting on this issue.

I have only one correction: the very first sentence of the other article (Legalization advocates hope to tax marijuana), called the people who work on Ballot Measure 2 "pro-marijuana." We are not pro-marijuana, but rather pro-reform and anti-prohibition. There are several key members of our campaign who have never and will never use marijuana. We work on Ballot Measure 2 simply because it's good policy. Alaska spends $12 million every year to punish nonviolent adults who choose to use marijuana. This is both an unfair infringement on privacy and also a financial waste. More importantly, countries where marijuana is regulated rather than criminalized have much lower teen use rates. By taking marijuana out of the hands of drug dealers, we will make our children safer. Please join me in voting Yes on 2, even if you will never use marijuana.

Kat DeBurgh

Yes on 2 campaign organizer

Anchorage



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