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News (Media Awareness Project) - US MI: PUB LTE: End The War On Marijuana
Title:US MI: PUB LTE: End The War On Marijuana
Published On:2012-01-21
Source:Daily Telegram, The (Adrain, MI)
Fetched On:2012-01-23 06:02:17

To the editor,

If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms,
marijuana would be fully legal and there would be no medical
marijuana debate. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to
cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties
of tobacco. Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are
inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican
immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the
American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires
homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White Americans
did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal
bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. The U.S.
has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where
marijuana is legally available to adults. The only clear winners in
the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs
politicians who've built careers confusing the drug war's collateral
damage with a relatively harmless plant.

Robert Sharpe Common Sense for Drug Policy policy analyst Arlington, Va.
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