Pubdate: Tue, 10 Mar 2009
Source: Valley Echo, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 The Valley Echo
Author: Stan White


Government and media are partly responsible for North America's meth 
problems (Editorial: Meth Has crept into our valley, Feb. 3, 2009), 
due to supporting and enabling cannabis (marijuana) prohibition. The 
question isn't if, but rather what, percentage of North America's 
drug problem is due to prohibiting the relatively safe, socially 
acceptable, God-given plant cannabis?

How many youths and adults try cannabis and realize it's not nearly 
as harmful as taught in DARE type government environments? Then they 
think other substances must not be so bad either, only to become 
addicted to deadly drugs like meth. The federal government even 
classifies cannabis as a Schedule I substance along with heroin, 
while methamphetamine and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. 
That harmful message to citizens must change.

Prohibiting cannabis, which is safer than beer, wine or whiskey, 
places the plant's sales in the hands of the same people who often 
sell highly addictive and deadly substances, which undoubtedly causes 
the gateway effect and increased addiction rates.

Media must help bring credibility to cannabis laws to help lower hard 
drug addiction rates and otherwise accept some responsibility for the 

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado, USA
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