Norton Lehner: Be careful what you wish for with legalization |

Norton Lehner: Be careful what you wish for with legalization

In reference to San French’s letter to the editor (The Union, March 28), be careful what you wish for.

Remember that alcohol was also once a banned substance. Prohibition was repealed and now there are about 100,000 alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. annually. That includes about 10,000 deaths related to drunk driving. Driving stoned will add to that total, and the many side effects of long-term pot use are still being identified.

Secondly, a shout out to all those you admonished, including DA Newell, DDA Pong, Sgt. Selleck, and Sheriff Royal, for their righteous effort in the fight against the marijuana trade. The tax dollars are well spent, but could be reduced if the misguided proponents of full legalization of pot would acknowledge the truth: use of pot benefits the growers and distributors to the detriment of the users and innocent victims of user actions.

Norton Lehner

Grass Valley

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