Pubdate: Fri, 25 Feb 2000
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Copyright: 2000 The Washington Post Company
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Author: Christopher A. Joseph


Fern Shen [Metro, Feb. 22] did a fair job of citing the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) report on marijuana, but she erred in allowing Maryland Del.
Thomas E. Dewberry to use the alleged "gateway effect" as reason to oppose
its use. The IOM report stated that there is no gateway. If there were,
then alcohol and tobacco would be the true gateways, as most who use
marijuana, cocaine or heroin had taken those drugs first.

Christopher A. Joseph, Parma, Ohio
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