Pubdate: Tue, 28 Jun 2005
Source: North County Times (Escondido, CA)
Copyright: 2005 North County Times
Author: Robert Sharpe
Note: Gives LTE priority to North San Diego County and Southwest Riverside 
County residents


Regarding Ken Strang's June 19 Community Forum on medical marijuana
use, 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.

Like any drug, 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

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 Bush 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.


Policy analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C. 
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