Pubdate: Fri, 18 Feb 2005
Source: Tiger, The (Clemson U, SC Edu)
Copyright: 2005 The Tiger
Author: Robert Sharpe
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)

Marijuana law reform needed

Kudos to Chris Mcelveen for exposing the racist roots of marijuana
prohibition in his Feb. 11th column. If health outcomes determined
drug laws instead of cultural norms marijuana would be legal. 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 migration
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 government
bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.

By raiding voter-approved medical marijuana providers in California,
the very same U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that claims illicit
drug use funds terrorism is forcing cancer and AIDS patients into the
hands of street dealers. Apparently marijuana prohibition is more
important than protecting the country from terrorism.

Robert Sharpe,

Policy Analyst,

Common Sense for Drug Policy
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