Pubdate: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2013 The Boston Herald, Inc
Note: Prints only very short LTEs.
Author: Robert Sharpe


The medical marijuana concerns raised by the
Massachusetts Medical Society do not justify
throwing good money after bad policy (Feb. 19).
If the goal of marijuana =93prohibition=94 is to
subsidize drug cartels, it is a grand success. If
the goal of marijuana prohibition is to deter
use, it is a catastrophic failure. The United
States has double the rate of use as the
Netherlands, where marijuana is legally
available. The criminalization of Americans who
prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in
science. The war on marijuana consumers is a
failed cultural inquisition not an evidence-based public health campaign.

=AD Robert Sharpe, Washington, D.C. The writer is a
policy analyst with Common Sense for Drug Policy.
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