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Letter: Heroin series argues against marijuana

An employee pulls marijuana out of a large

An employee pulls marijuana out of a large canister for a customer at the LoDo Wellness Center in downtown Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Credit: Bloomberg / Matthew Staver

I find it amazing that Newsday and News12 have had several days of stories on the agony, pain and horrors of heroin addiction ["Heroin addicted on Long Island," News Sept. 25]. At the same time, elected officials have recently voted to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat patients with cancer, epilepsy and other illnesses.

I believe elected officials are eagerly awaiting the flow of cash that will stream in from eventually legalizing and taxing the gateway drug marijuana.

Barney Chiarello, Merrick