Pubdate: Thu, 18 Aug 2005
Source: Gay City News (NY)
Copyright: 2005 Gay City News
Author: Robert Sharpe


Regarding Nathan Riley's July 21 column: 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.

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.

Robert Sharpe Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, D.C. 
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