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Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Vestal: Legalizing marijuana no brainer

Shawn Vestal/SR columnizes:

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.

It makes sense in criminal justice terms: The system is too taxed to spend resources busting pot smokers, pot growers and pot sellers. It makes sense in revenue terms: State and local governments are seeing tens of millions in new taxes coming in.

But mostly, it makes sense in terms of personal freedom.

Personal freedom. You know, the fundamental characteristic of the country? The thing that makes Toby Keith blush with pride? The right to swing a fist, ending at someone else’s nose? More here.




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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