DELEGATE Michael Manypenny, D-Taylor, introduced a bill last session to legalize medical marijuana. The bill went nowhere but deserves discussion.
Let us talk, but make the debate an honest one about marijuana itself.
While pot can be an herbal medicine, its main use is recreational. Lawmakers are the last people who should decide whether a joint or two helps glaucoma.
Legalizing medical marijuana would add confusion to an already confusing situation.
With Colorado and the state of Washington legalizing marijuana in full, West Virginians should consider these arguments:
1. Legalization would legitimize a currently robust underground economy, which would encourage a new group of entrepreneurs while discouraging criminal involvement.
2. Legalization eliminates the cost of enforcing this law and punishing offenders.
3. Legalization could attract tourists as well as adding to the state's coffers.
4. But legalization also means more driving under the influence and other societal problems.