James Swenson: Legalizing marijuana is not family-friendly

The letter writer raises family concerns about legalizing marijuana.


I find it interesting that Governor Walz in his state of the state speech said something to this effect.

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We are going to make Minnesota a family-friendly state. That seems incongruous to me when he has said he will sign the Marijuana bill.

Just another headache for which the families will have to cope.

Also, I wonder how many of our state legislators actually took time to talk to law enforcement officers in states where it is now legal.


James Swenson, Willmar

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