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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 12, 2011 7:20 AM

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Solve the economic crisis: Legalize & tax marijuana

At this point in time, all levels of government in the United States, including the federal government, are financially strapped because of a four-year-long economic recession. Our collective governments’ usually reliable sources of revenue have either plummeted or dried up altogether.

Solution: Legalize and tax America’s largest agricultural cash crop — marijuana. If we legalize and tax marijuana nationally, perhaps bypassing the Supreme Court through a constitutional amendment, all of America’s local, county, and state governments — as well as the federal government — will get out of debt and into the black overnight.

Marijuana is the key to getting America out of this crippling recession. All 50 states are champing at the bit to legalize and tax the one as-yet untaxed commodity that we have ready to go. Not one single estate among the 50 does not (albeit illegally) produce marijuana. To continue to keep America’s largest cash crop illegal and untaxed is positively irresponsible.

David Lester Hornberger
St. Petersburg, Fla.


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