Pubdate: Fri, 05 Oct 2007
Source: News-Review, The (Roseburg, OR)
Copyright: 2007 The News-Review
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about Rob McCallum's Sept. 27 thoughtful column: "Don't 
make the drug problem worse." As the parent of a 16-year-old, ideally 
I hope my son will never use any illegal drugs. However, if he does 
use an illegal drug, I would hope it's marijuana and only marijuana.

Drug testing discourages this because marijuana is fat soluble. As a 
result, marijuana stays in a person's system for up to several weeks. 
On the other hand, drugs like meth, cocaine and heroin exit the body 
within a few days because they are water-soluble. Drug testing 
discourages marijuana use and encourages use of much more dangerous 
drugs like meth, cocaine and heroin.

Would you want your children experimenting with meth or heroin 
instead of marijuana? Meth and heroin can and do kill. Marijuana does 
not. Meth, cocaine and heroin are highly addictive. Marijuana is not.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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