Pubdate: Fri, 06 Dec 2013
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)
Copyright: 2013 Lee Enterprises
Author: Robert Sharpe


In response to the Dec. 1 letter by Linn County District Attorney Doug
Marteeny et al.:

It's true that anyone in California who wants a medical marijuana
recommendation can get one. So-called medical marijuana abuses are not
to be feared. As long as there is a demand for marijuana, there will
be a supply. 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, unregulated and potentially unsafe marijuana from

Marijuana prohibition keeps violent drug cartels in business. When
cartels control marijuana distribution, consumers are exposed to
illegal cocaine, meth and heroin. This "gateway" is a direct result of
marijuana's illegal status. Marijuana may be relatively harmless, but
marijuana prohibition is deadly.

Robert Sharpe, MPA, Policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy
Washington, D.C.
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