Pubdate: Sat, 26 Mar 2005
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2005 The Ottawa Citizen
Author: Harvey Davey
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Dan Gardner)
Bookmark: (Harm Reduction)


Re: Marijuana isn't safe, March 24.

I have read every word Dan Gardner has written about marijuana in the 
Citizen. Far from "trying to convince us that marijuana is harmless" as 
letter-writer Peter Drevniok contends, Mr. Gardner has clearly described 
negative effects of marijuana use and abuse.

For some people, the use of aspirin is harmful and its abuse can be deadly. 
That can be said of nearly all drugs and marijuana is a drug. It will never 
be "harmless" but criminalizing it has done more harm than good.

If we are to deal effectively with the problems of drug abuse and 
addiction, we need education, regulation, treatment and enforcement -- 
certainly not propaganda, misinformation, prohibition and incarceration.

By debunking the exaggerated and misleading claims of U.S. drug czar John 
Walters, Mr. Gardner improves our chances of adopting healthy policies that 
reduce the harm of all drugs, including marijuana.

Harvey Davey,

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