Pubdate: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 Source: Santa Maria Times (CA) Copyright: 2011 Lee Central Coast Newspapers Contact: http://www.santamariatimes.com/app/submit-letter/ Website: http://www.santamariatimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/396 Author: Raymond Winters FUZZY IDEAS ON MARIJUANA Every day around the globe, we legally purchase and consume two of the most horrific drugs known to mankind. Every day these two drugs destroy families through divorce and violence, and kill consumers and innocent bystanders alike. Daily, these two drugs cost us billions of dollars in medical and mental-health treatment and loss of production due to job loss and poor performance. And that's just the short list of damages caused by these drugs. Statistics alone prove that alcohol and nicotine kill and harm more people than all other illegal drugs, TB, AIDS and all of the violence in the world combined. Marijuana should be immediately declassified from a schedule-one drug so it can be properly researched, regulated and standardized. Instead, the federal government adamantly refuses. The very same people and politicians who want less government in our lives want our government to continue stigma-driven, misinformed, anti-marijuana laws that are also statistically proven to disproportionately incarcerate people of color. These laws ignore and make illegal a perfectly viable resource that is pleasurable to use, safer than alcohol or tobacco and medically crucial to some of the most ill people on Earth. Good grief, even Ron Paul thinks anti-marijuana laws are absurd. Raymond Winters Santa Maria - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.