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Reader's view: It’s time to get past biases and legalize medical marijuana

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opinion Duluth, 55802

Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

Federal drug law lists cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug having no medical benefits; ergo any research is illegal. So Gov. Mark Dayton is now proposing illegal research, which I support as one more step on the road to legalizing the drug completely (Our View: “Pursue compromise on medical marijuana,” March 25).

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To say the governor and law enforcement are on the wrong side of reality and history is an understatement. All the money spent on interdiction and punishment has created employment and a class of criminals unnecessarily, along with enriching drug dealers, but has otherwise been an abysmal failure.

It’s time to get past personal biases and self-protection and legalize marijuana. I would be remiss not to include the notion of tax revenue over undeclared drug profits.

The time is now.

George Balach

Duluth

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