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It's a no-brainer: Legalize marijuana

October 16, 2010

I read with great disappointment Bill Kisliuk's article "Gatto and Ramani go into detail" in your Oct.13 edition, wherein he states that both Sander Ramani and Assemblyman Mike Gatto support the continuing financial and social foolishness of the law that makes the use of marijuana illegal.

Prohibition of alcohol was attempted in the 1920s era and resulted in great criminal gang activity. Al Capone, the mafia and many machine gun totting gangsters were having a hey-day making lots of money and paying off their politician friends.

We were told that if we repeal the 18th Amendment, that the criminal activities would go away and the government would make a lot of money through taxation. Although I do not advocate the use of alcohol, the bootlegger/criminal activity has gone away and the government has increased its tax revenues from alcohol sales. The same situation applies today regarding the use of marijuana.


To make the sale and distribution of marijuana profitable it has to be made illegal. Being illegal there is enough profit available to pay young street vendors to solicit and sell to our youth. I went to Glendale High School in the 1930s, graduating in 1939. Marijuana was legal up until 1933, when it was made illegal as a result of the effort of the liquor industry to eliminate competition.

From the first grade to after I graduated from high school, I was an active student and I never ever heard of marijuana. There was no one in school trying to sell it and I was in no way tempted. This was the condition throughout the 40s, 50s and into the 60s.

It was not until the drug dealers — through their politician friends — were able to activate and attempt to enforce drug laws, that they were able to create an extremely lucrative business. If we eliminate this foolish law, much like we did with alcohol prohibition, the crime, the gangs, the political pay-offs and the very expensive police attempts to control marijuana use will go away.

When you can legally grow your own marijuana, nobody can make a profit trying to sell it to you. And like the alcohol bootlegger, the sale of marijuana by gangs of criminals will go away.

Politicians supporting this stupid law are either uninformed about the history of prohibition attempts, or have some other agenda not known to me.

Bob New


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The Burbank Leader article on Sept. 17, "Neighbors say they haven't seen much of Ramani," is disappointing on two fronts.

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