Pubdate: Mon, 23 Apr 2007
Source: Daily O'Collegian (OK State U, OK Edu)
Copyright: 2007 Oklahoma State University
Author: Robert Sharpe


I am writing in regards to Greg Gotcher's April 19 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. Like any drug, 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. Students who want to help end the intergenerational culture
war otherwise known as the war on some drugs should contact Students
for Sensible Drug Policy at

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy
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