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LTE: Marijuana use shouldn’t be criminal

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Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

The Illinois governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, December 31, describing the step as the first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

   Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced the pardons at a church on Chicago’s South Side. He said clearing the misdemeanor offenses from individuals’ records will make it easier for them to get jobs, housing and financial aid for college.

   It is absolutely appalling to me that marijuana could have been criminalized in the first place. The idea that I could lose my house, be fined and jailed for growing a plant is just wrong!

   Then on January 1, the first day of legalized marijuana sales, more than 77,000 transactions were made that added up to nearly $3.2 million in sales.

   Think about how that huge amount of tax revenue would help Wisconsin. Even more importantly we wouldn’t have to waste money on enforcement of this unjust law.

   Our law officers could use more of their resources to fight real crimes.

   If you have a problem with someone using marijuana, you are the one with a problem. Mind your own business.

— William A. Werch
Berlin

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