Pubdate: Wed, 08 Oct 2003
Source: Sherwood Park News (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003 Sherwood Park News
Author: Thomas J. Hillgardner


Sherwood Park News -- Someone needs to remind Garnett Genuis that teenagers 
are not the only people in the world and that the marijuana laws apply to 
everyone for he argues as if teenagers are the only persons affected by the 
marijuana laws.

Also, it is curious that Mr. Genuis fails to address the most significant 
aspects of marijuana prohibition as it relates to teenagers: Drug dealers 
don't card (ask for ID), making marijuana easier for teens to obtain than 
alcohol or tobacco, the sale and distribution of which is regulated and the 
sale to minors of which is illegal, and; drug dealers sell hard drugs in 
addition to marijuana so that the "gateway" Garnett Genuis worries about is 
actually created by the marijuana laws and not the marijuana.

Nonetheless, it is refreshing to see this youngster interested in important 
public policy issues. I hope that, in the future, he learns to listen 
carefully to all sides of an issue before making a judgment and speaking 
about it.

Thomas J. Hillgardner

Jamaica, New York
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