Pubdate: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2013 The Boston Herald, Inc
Author: Robert Sharpe


As long as there is a demand for marijuana, there will be a supply
("Dumb idea No. 1," Jan. 3). Under the new Massachusetts law, it's
true that healthy consumers will obtain "medical marijuana"
recommendations in order to avoid purchasing pot from criminals. The
medical recommendation allows consumers to purchase locally grown
marijuana of known quality and safety from dispensaries that generate
tax revenue. Is it somehow preferable that consumers purchase untaxed
marijuana from violent drug cartels that also sell cocaine,
methamphetamine and heroin? Marijuana may be relatively harmless, but
marijuana prohibition is deadly.

- -- Robert Sharpe, Washington, D.C.

The writer is a policy analyst for Common Sense for Drug Policy.
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