Pubdate: Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2015 The Boston Herald, Inc
Note: Prints only very short LTEs.
Author: Robert Sharpe


Contrary to the Herald editorial, it wouldn'=C2=80=C2=99t hurt Massachuse
state senators to visit Colorado and sample legal marijuana
("=C2=80=C2=9CRethink this road trip,"=C2=80=C2=9D Dec. 7). The legislato
rs would learn
that marijuana is not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as federal
government propaganda suggests.

Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. If the goal is to subsidize
violent drug cartels, marijuana prohibition is a grand success. The
drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows
on little trees.

And the criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis
has no scientific basis. In sum, the war on marijuana consumers is a
failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign

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