A very serious question, to be sure. Not all drug felons (as creatively depicted in Breaking Bad) deserve pardons, especially those thugs who have killed and maimed or employed Machiavellian methods to secure power in the illegal and illicit drug trade. Those people deserve a Dantesque fate in hell ... at Dr. Mengele's fiendish mercy.
But marijuana users? No, not even a misdemeanor's fate.
The Tri-City Herald's question is timely: the New York Times (Repeal Prohibition, Again, July 27) states, " ... the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and independence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco." I'm not cherry-picking; their editorial also advocates no sales to individuals under the age of 21, just like ... well, you know.
The status quo hasn't worked; isn't it time for a new policy direction?
Now I would like to see how a different outlook would affect our society. How would this reduce our prison population; the USA has more inmates than any other country. How much money would this country bank by not incarcerating marijuana users? Mightn't this derail all those cartel banditos south of the border?
Change the laws on marijuana. I don't think you'll soon see a pot flavor at Baskin-Robbins, no pot soft drink next to Pepsi and Coca-Cola, no new condiment at the salad bar, and no new filling for Twinkies.
And, just like weed's side effect, we could be, might be, a lot happier by turning over a "new leaf."
-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla