Pubdate: Thu, 29 Dec 2011
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2011 The Boston Herald, Inc
Note: Prints only very short LTEs.
Author: Karen Hawkes
Referenced: Editorial: Generation up in smoke


The Herald is right to be alarmed by the many teens using marijuana, 
but the cause is the prohibition on the drug, not the movement to 
legalize it (" Generation up in smoke?" Dec. 27). The same federal 
survey also found that teen use of alcohol and tobacco - two legal 
and age-regulated substances - is sharply falling.

That teens have an easier time getting their hands on illegal 
marijuana than legal and regulated drugs shows that prohibition is 
ineffective in keeping our kids safe. Only by ending prohibition can 
we take marijuana (and its profits) away from street dealers and 
begin to control its use and distribution.

- - Karen Hawkes, Rowley The writer is a retired state trooper active 
with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
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