Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jun 2011
Source: Monterey County Weekly (CA)
Copyright: 2011 Milestone Communications Inc
Author: Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy


If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms,
marijuana would be legal ("Mom wants pot. Now how do I send her some?"
June 16-22). 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

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. 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.

Robert Sharpe

Arlington, VA
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