Is Oregon better off with legalized marijuana? Our governor seems to think so.

While millions in estimated tax revenue appear to be a godsend for a state so strapped for cash needed to balance a lopsided budget. While at the same time we watch our forest, which should be a huge source of revenue, burn and rot. Or are the thousands of low-paying jobs associated with pot sales an economic boon?

Our country is experiencing a drug addiction epidemic. Pot today is many times stronger and more addicting than once thought. When this drug is introduced to a young person, bad things happen. What happens when pot isn’t strong enough? Let’s go for some heroin, meth, cocaine or how about prescription drugs?

What happened to DARE programs? How do we size up now, governor? How do we explain this one to our teenagers?

Anthony Rava

Salem

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