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.