I’m writing in response to your March 10 editorial, “Legalizing recreational marijuana wrong track for Pa.”Discussion of marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania is important and should continue, but action on marijuana law reform is overdue.Auditor General Eugene DePasquale notes steady movement toward marijuana legalization across the country and suggests we also consider it. Many Americans agree. According to a September 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 57 percent of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal. It could happen in neighboring states such as New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland within a few years.As you mentioned, financial gains are only one consideration when evaluating legal marijuana. Your concern over the impact on public health and safety has merit. But where is that concern while Pennsylvania expands access to the most harmful drug in our society, alcohol? Why is it acceptable to allow and facilitate the sale and use of a substance that continues to kill thousands while laws remain that permit imprisonment for mere possession of a nontoxic flower.Laws are supposed to prevent harm and protect property. Who is the victim in the crime of marijuana possession? The answer is no one. While the value of full legalization continues to be discussed, immediate action is needed to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.Luke Shultz

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