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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: PUB LTE: Ban On Pot Leads To More Drug Problems
Title:CN BC: PUB LTE: Ban On Pot Leads To More Drug Problems
Published On:2012-01-20
Source:Coquitlam Now, The (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-23 06:01:13

Re: "This is the sensible approach to take," editorial, Friday, Jan. 13.

Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana

North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and xenophobia,
not science. The first marijuana laws were a racist reaction to
Mexican immigration during the early 1900s.

Writing under the pen name Janey Canuck, Emily Murphy warned
Canadians about the dread reefer and its association with non-white
immigrants. The sensationalist yellow journalism of William Randolph
Hearst led to its criminalization in the United States.

Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been
counterproductive at best.

White North Americans did not even begin to smoke marijuana until a
soon-to-be entrenched government bureaucracy began funding reefer
madness propaganda.

When threatened, the drug war gravy train predictably decries the
"message" that drug policy reform sends to children. There is a big
difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs.

Decriminalization acknowledges the social reality of marijuana and
frees users from the stigma of criminal records. What's really needed
is a regulated market with age controls.

As long as organized crime controls marijuana distribution, consumers
will continue to come into contact with addictive drugs like cocaine
and heroin. This "gateway" is a direct result of marijuana prohibition.

Drug policy reform may send the wrong message to children, but I like
to think the children are more important than the message.

Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, DC
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