Thank you for contacting me about the decriminalization of marijuana.
I believe that while legalization might reduce the high costs of prosecuting and enforcing some narcotics crimes and help alleviate pain for some patients, the larger cost to society must be considered. There are serious public health costs associated with drug misuse, as well as larger economic and societal costs. For example, marijuana is often cited as a gateway drug that leads to the use of more dangerous narcotics. For these reasons, I do not support decriminalizing marijuana.
I always appreciate hearing from constituents, like you, who are informed and interested about issues of importance to Arizona and the nation. Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future and sign-up for e-newsletter updates at www.giffords.house.gov.
Member of Congress
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