Pubdate: Wed, 30 Sep 2009
Source: Tufts Daily (MA Edu)
Copyright: 2009 Tufts Daily
Author: Robert Sharpe
Note: Title by Newshawk


I'm writing in response to the Sept. 29 article "This is your brain on
drugs: Not so bad after all?" If health outcomes determined drug laws
instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol,
marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it
share the addictive properties of tobacco. Marijuana can be harmful if
abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and
ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican
immigration during the early 1900s despite opposition from the
American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires
homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White Americans
did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal
bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. The United
States has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where
marijuana is legally available to adults over 18. Students who want to
help end the intergenerational culture war otherwise known as the war
on some drugs should contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at


Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy 
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