Those supporting a vote to approve the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes argue that there is no difference between marijuana and alcohol, and they should be treated the same – regulated and taxed.

Their effect on the human body is not the same, and, most important is the fact that there is currently no available test to determine whether or not someone is driving under the influence with respect to marijuana.

For the safety and protection of the community, the general sale of marijuana beyond its use for medicinal purposes should not be permitted until such testing is available.

I would urge voters to vote “no” on Question 2 until a test is available.

Stan Baron

Portland