Pubdate: Fri, 27 Feb 2009
Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)
Copyright: 2009 Boulder Weekly
Author: Robert Sharpe


(Re: "Phelps should move to Boulder," ICUMI, Feb. 26.) Olympian Michael
Phelps is in good company. The list of professional athletes caught using
marijuana is long. Could it be that drug warriors have been lying about
marijuana's health impact? They've definitely been lying about the deterrent
value of marijuana prohibition.

The United States has higher rates of marijuana use than the
Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available to adults over 18.
Marijuana prohibition is built on lies, beginning with the reefer
madness myths of the 1930s and continuing to this day with government
anti-drug propaganda masquerading as science.

As an admitted former pot smoker, President Obama no doubt knows the
truth about marijuana. Truthfully, marijuana is easily the least
harmful recreational drug, legal or otherwise. If health outcomes
determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be
legal. The question is, will Obama bring change or will he continue to
subsidize the prejudices of culture warriors?

Robert Sharpe

Arlington, Va.
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