Legalizing sale of another drug is a mistake

There is a very famous saying; "Sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." Here is a current event of such:

Our country, at large, is worrying about the present acute opioid (drug) epidemic. Yet, our Santa Barbara County and other state counties are considering allowing the legal recreational sale of marijuana. The politicians, at the complaints of the population, are now trying to minimize the use of opioids, but at the same time added another drug to the market, which will create more drug addicts. Does this make sense?  Of course not.

My advice to our politicians is to make sure that they put aside some of the additional marijuana tax money to pay for future law enforcement and jails, since DUIs and addicts are vastly going to increase.

Why do I predict this? I grew up in the Los Angeles Chavez Ravine area, prior to the Dodger Stadium existence, in the "La Loma" gang area. I witnessed how lots of my friends ended up becoming hard drug addicts and doing jail time, by starting with marijuana. They bought a tin and a cigarette paper and made their own joints. It was the cool thing to do. YouTube has documentary films of Chavez Ravine.

The politicians are dreaming that the marijuana taxes will erase the red ink of their past pet projects. They are going to get a big surprise. I will close with this saying; "Remember, I told you so."

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Augie Aguilar

Santa Maria