Pubdate: Wed, 01 Feb 2012
Source: Willamette Week (Portland, OR)
Copyright: 2012 Willamette Week Newspaper
Author: Jillian Galloway


Has not a single one of our federal officials traveled to The 
Netherlands and observed that the coffeeshops are no big deal? ["Weed 
All About It," WW, Jan. 25, 2012.] The federal marijuana prohibition 
is bad law that makes kids less safe. 

States that have passed medical marijuana laws have seen a 9 percent 
drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. We can save a lot of lives 
by giving people the right to substitute marijuana for alcohol.

Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to not cause cancer, heart 
disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other 
significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par 
with coffee. We mustn't wait until a loved one has been harmed by 
alcohol before demanding that our legislators legalize adult marijuana sales.

Jillian Galloway
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