I have two teenage daughters. Marijuana is easily available to them, and I don’t like it. Maine voters have a unique opportunity to get it under control at last.

I served as state senator for 14 years here in New Hampshire. On this side of the Piscataqua, we can’t make laws through referendum, but Mainers can.

Very few kids smoke cigarettes today. Education is what works.

When pot remains illegal, education is not possible. When we finally get it under control, then education can begin. That can’t be done today, and it’s time to change.

By getting marijuana under control, strictly restricting its use to age 21 and up – just like alcohol – we can start to educate and keep it away from kids.

Alcohol remains a potentially deadly drug, but that prohibition also failed.

Marijuana has been out of control for far too long. Please vote “yes” on Question 1.

Burt Cohen

New Castle, New Hampshire