On Nov. 6, the people of Stoughton had the opportunity to vote on if they think adult use of marijuana should be legal. That vote passed, receiving 72.4 percent with 96 more votes than the governor elect. There is good reason for marijuana being accepted in Stoughton – it is considered a exit drug to harmful and possibly deadly substances. It’s also a good thing that consumers know what they are getting and have some control over it, but there’s much more to it than that.

From the start, marijuana prohibition was based around legal corruption and a fear or hate for minorities led by the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, Henry J. Anslinger. Along with using discriminatory slants, the term “marihuana” itself was strategically used by Anslinger due to its unfamiliarity and its Latin American origin.

Now, marijuana opposition is being in part lead by corporations like Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that donated at least $500,000 to a marijuana opposition group. Insys Therapeutics received DEA approval last year to produce the synthetic THC drug Syndros. Synthetic THC is not something we should allow to take root.

Marijuana does save and has saved lives. The more people learn about the benefits marijuana has, support grows and will only continue to, which explains a 72.4 percent approval rating.

Whether it’s health and well being, civil rights issues, economics or a crony system of greed over people. Reforming marijuana laws is logical and morally the thing that must be done.

Robby Ree

City of Stoughton