Pubdate: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 Source: Central Kentucky News Journal (Campbellsville, KY) Copyright: 2006 Central Kentucky News Journal Contact: http://www.cknj.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1479 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n1068/a05.html Author: Greg Francisco WHY LEAVE MARIJUANA UNREGULATED? I'm puzzled by a recent letter from Karen Hayes, Campbellsville Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition co-chair and Central Kentucky ASAP Local Board coordinator, (Marijuana is a Bigger Problem Than Some Think, Aug. 13). If marijuana use by teenagers is as dangerous as she alleges - and I'm not saying otherwise - why does she want to leave its manufacture, distribution and sales in the hands of criminal gangs? By any objective measure, alcohol and tobacco are the two most dangerous drugs in our society. Combined they kill more than 500,000 Americans every single year. We don't cede control over those dangerous drugs to criminals. Instead, we demand they be distributed only by licensed, legitimate businesses that check ID. Why does Ms. Hayes want to leave marijuana completely unregulated, untaxed and uncontrolled? Tell me again, just how is that supposed to keep children safe? 'Cause it sure isn't working so far. Regulate, tax, control. There is a better way. Greg Francisco Educators for Sensible Drug Policies Paw Paw, Mich.