Pubdate: Thu, 09 Dec 2004
Source: Nashville Scene (TN)
Copyright: 2004 Nashville Scene.
Author: Robert Sharpe
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Regarding your Dec. 2 editorial on medical marijuana: if health outcomes 
determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. 
Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, 
nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco. Marijuana can be 
harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions 
and ineffective as deterrents. The first marijuana laws were enacted in 
response to Mexican migration during the early 1900s, despite opposition 
from the American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana 
inspires homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White 
Americans did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched 
government bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda. By raiding 
voter-approved medical marijuana providers in California, the very same 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that claims illicit drug use funds 
terrorism is forcing cancer and AIDS patients into the hands of street 
dealers. Apparently marijuana prohibition is more important than protecting 
the country from terrorism.

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy (Washington, D.C.) 
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