Pubdate: Wed, 01 Feb 2006
Source: Alliston Herald (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 Metroland Printing, Publishing and Distributing
Author: Robert Sharpe


Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana
prohibition. North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and
xenophobia, not science. The first marijuana laws were a racist
reaction to Mexican migration during the early 1900s.

Decriminalization acknowledges the social reality of marijuana and
frees users from the stigma of criminal records.

What's really needed is a regulated market with age controls.
Separating the hard and soft drug markets is critical. As long as
marijuana distribution remains in the hands of organized crime,
consumers will continue to come into contact with addictive drugs like
cocaine. This "gateway" is the direct result of a fundamentally flawed
policy. Drug policy reform may send the wrong message to children, but
I like to think the children are more important than the message.

Robert Sharpe,

Washington, DC
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