Pubdate: Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2015 The Boston Herald, Inc
Note: Prints only very short LTEs.
Author: Stan White


I'm sure that Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings means well 
("Cops: Legal pot 'makes no sense'," Nov. 16). However, the cannabis 
(marijuana) "gateway theory" was discredited over a decade ago, and 
even the prohibitionist federal government stopped making that claim.

Cannabis is no more likely to lead to heroin addiction than beer or 
milk. The prohibition of cannabis, on the other hand, has been 
associated with increased hard-drug addiction rates - by, among other 
things, putting cannabis users in contact with people who may also 
sell hard drugs including heroin.

Caging responsible adults who choose to use the relatively safe 
cannabis is what "makes no sense."

- - Stan White, Dillon, Colo.
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