Pubdate: Wed, 18 Jun 2003
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Green Bay Press-Gazette
Author: Gary Storck


MADISON - I wonder what substance David Lee Gauthier might be indulging in 
after reading his erroneous conclusions in his June 13 Forum letter, 
"Relaxing drug laws is stupid."

Gauthier's claim that tobacco impairs memory is suspect and no link to 
cancer from smoking marijuana has ever been proven. Marijuana is much safer 
than tobacco.

Regarding the medicinal use of marijuana, unlike most over-the-counter and 
prescription drugs, it has no lethal dose. Some people are allergic to or 
intolerant of most prescription drugs used for pain relief. Should these 
people suffer needlessly to send a message to children? Children can tell 
the difference between substance abuse and medical use. Marijuana use among 
youth actually declined after California passed its medical marijuana law 
in 1996.

While most Western nations have stopped arresting pot smokers, the United 
States is headed in the opposite direction, with over 700,000 arrested 

Marijuana prohibition is a counterproductive, harmful fraud. These laws are 
doomed. The sooner they end, the better for taxpayers funding this barbaric 
monstrosity, and for society, which bears the brunt of its negative effects.

Gary Storck, Wisconsin NORML steering committee
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