Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jun 2009
Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)
Copyright: 2009 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.


Re "Marijuana's tipping point" by Phillip S. Smith (SN&R Frontlines, May 21):

Legalize it. Treat it like alcohol, plain and simple. I'm so sick of 
the "gateway drug" argument. Alcohol is the ultimate gateway drug. 
It's probably 90 percent of people's first buzz. And if they like it, 
they want more. None of my successful friends that smoke got into 
heavy drugs like coke. Once it's legal, it will be exciting for the 
first three months. After that, the people who smoke now will 
probably smoke the same amount. And the people who won't simply 
won't. Not much will change. Kids will have as much access to it as a 
six-pack of beer. So legalize it. And to the folks that say "no" and 
that have never done it, what right do they have to judge it? The 
only reason that it's bad for society is because there's a black 
market that creates crime.

Responsible Adult

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