Pubdate: Thu, 17 Feb 2005
Source: Auburn Plainsman, The (AL Edu)
Copyright: 2005 The Auburn Plainsman
Author: Robert Sharpe


Editor, The Auburn Plainsman:

Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but
adult recreational use should be regulated. Punitive marijuana laws have
little, if any, deterrent value.

The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Study reports that
lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the United States than any European
country, yet America is one of the few Western countries that uses its
criminal justice system to punish citizens who prefer marijuana to martinis.

The short-term health effects of marijuana are inconsequential compared to
the long-term effects of criminal records. Unfortunately, marijuana
represents the counterculture to many Americans. In subsidizing the
prejudices of culture warriors, the U.S. government is subsidizing organized
crime. The drug war's distortion of immutable laws of supply and demand make
an easily grown weed literally worth its weight in gold.

The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and
shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who've built careers on confusing drug
prohibition's collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant. The big
losers in this battle are the American taxpayers deluded into believing big
government is the appropriate response to nontraditional consensual vices.
Students who want to help end the intergenerational culture war otherwise
known as the war on some drugs should contact Students for Sensible Drug
Policy at

Robert Sharpe Common Sense for Drug Policy 
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