Pubdate: Wed, 06 Oct 2010
Source: Massachusetts Daily Collegian (U of MA, Edu)
Copyright: 2010 Daily Collegian
Author: Robert Sharpe
Note: Title By Newshawk


Dear Editor,

Re: "Prohibition is not working," Daily Collegian 9/28

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. Like any drug, 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 U.S.
has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where
marijuana is legally available to adults. The only clear winners in
the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs
politicians who've built careers confusing the drug war's collateral
damage with a relatively harmless plant. 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

Sincerely, Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug
Policy Washington, DC 
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