Legalize pot. Tax it, get it out in the open and get some control over it. Stop using it as a means to incarcerate poor, often minority, young in order to fill the pockets of the privately owned penal system. Pot doesn't kill, alcohol does, through intoxicated, often enraged, drivers on our highways. Pot doesn't kill, nicotine does, through cancer and heart patients who swell our hospitals and overwhelm our health system. Pot does tend to make the user laid back and somewhat lazy, but I'll take that any day over an erratic drunk or a smoke snorting nicotine addict. Legalize pot.

— Beth Vannatta, Halstead.