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Letter: Legalize pot to raise tax money

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A marijuana plant flourishing under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver. (Oct. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

We should not be giving tax breaks to companies instead of citizens ["Tax cuts on agenda in Albany," News, Sept. 5].

A better idea for tax relief would be to legalize and tax marijuana, which would bring in a lot of revenue. Legalizing this drug would mean we could reduce funding for police and corrections. Also, legalizing pot would mean more people could get and keep jobs, as too many people lose jobs because of cruel testing for marijuana use. These tests hurt good people. This does not make sense.

Legalizing pot would reduce alcohol use, which could reduce domestic violence, as well as the number of fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers. Pot could be used in place of many drugs that have dangerous side effects, such as dementia.

If it does not get legalized in New York, I might as well move to where it is and pay less in taxes too.

Marguerite Pastirchak, Port Jefferson Station

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