Pubdate: Sat, 11 Jun 2005
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2005 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Ryan M. Day


Marijuana today is what alcohol was during the 1920s and the early
1930s; the only difference is that marijuana has many medical benefits
while alcohol seems to cause major health problems, and this is coming
from a guy who has been known to fancy the drink. I can admit this,
while others deny, deny, deny.

This includes those in power. The hypocrisy of our leaders never
ceases to amaze me. Many of our politicians have been convicted of
drunk driving or of using illegal drugs.

Marijuana is commonly called the "gateway drug," but I believe alcohol
is the real gateway. Most people experiment with alcohol before they
experiment with any other type of drug except tobacco. In addition, I
have never known or heard of any individual who abused their spouse or
child, assaulted another individual or committed a major crime while
solely under the influence of marijuana. I cannot say the same for
alcohol, however. Can anyone?

Ryan M. Day

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