Pubdate: Wed, 27 Oct 2004
Source: Kodiak Daily Mirror (AK)
Copyright: 2004 Kodiak Daily Mirror
Author: Karen Lee
Bookmark: (Alaska)


A few years ago I asked an Alaska State Trooper, "If you had a choice
of either having alcohol or marijuana legal which one would you pick?"
Without hesitation he said, "Oh, marijuana! People who drink get
drunk, get in their cars, drive fast, go home and beat up their
families. People, who smoke marijuana get stoned, get in their cars,
drive slowly, go home and eat and play with the kids."

It's always amazed me that alcohol and tobacco, two of the most
insidious drugs available, are accepted by the government, while a
relatively benign drug like marijuana is illegal.

Marijuana does not lead to harder drugs. If a person has an addictive
personality, he or she will find something to be addicted to. If
anything, it's alcohol that will take a person closer to hard drugs.
Alcohol and cocaine go hand in hand.

Let's regulate marijuana and give the government another source of

Karen Lee
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