Pubdate: Wed, 16 Aug 2006
Source: Central Kentucky News Journal (Campbellsville, KY)
Copyright: 2006 Central Kentucky News Journal
Author: Melanie Marshall


The things Karen Hayes of the Anti-Drug Coalition says about the
dangers of marijuana are not true. They do a good job of keeping
people afraid of pot, but they are false. Yes, some people will not
tolerate the effects of cannabis well, but most people do. The truth
is, cannabis is safer than cigarettes or alcohol, and no one should be
caged for choosing the safest alternative.

We parents would be glad to teach our children about the harmful
substances they will encounter, but we must have honest information
before we can. After spending seven years researching cannabis
prohibition, I do not appreciate the fact that we are paying $23
million a day to educate falsely and punish millions who have no victims.

If you really want to help kids save their brains from destruction,
please focus on activities that will actually harm them, such as
inhaling household chemicals. I believe we can tell the truth and
still teach them how to say no.

Melanie Marshall

Bellevue, Neb.