Pubdate: Mon, 23 Jul 2007
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Copyright: 2007 The Oregonian
Author: Ann Degenshein


At 48, I have never found marijuana appealing, regardless of the
legalities. While I have a drink once or twice a month in business or
social situations, I would rather have chocolate. It tastes better and
allows me to immediately drive my vehicle after. Unfortunately, most
of my friends feel the same way about alcohol and behave the same after use.

On the other hand, the people I know who smoke pot occasionally never
drive afterward. How often does a driver kill or seriously injure or
disable someone while under the influence of pot?

It's way past time that marijuana is legalized in very small amounts
for recreational use and medical purposes.

Ann Degenshein

Camas, Wash.
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