Pubdate: Thu, 12 May 2011 Source: Herald, The (Everett, WA) Copyright: 2011 The Daily Herald Co. Contact: http://www.heraldnet.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/190 Author: Daniel Palmer DRUG CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD To say that marijuana is not a "gateway" drug for more powerful drug usage is absurd. History clearly reveals that absurdity. Alcohol too, was a doorway. Its flagrant use rationalized, in many people's minds, the approval of weed. Now, the proponents of marijuana consistently point to its medical benefits. Fine, but the medical benefits of cannabis, in the majority of cases, does not require smoke inhalation. It can be taken orally in pill form by all ages who receive a doctor's prescription. It is also very important for patients to understand that the smoke of marijuana is more harmful to their respiratory system than that of cigarettes. What makes cigarette smoke so deadly is in the amount of its daily inhalation. Marijuana smoke contains far more harmful tars than tobacco. Both are destructive to health. I am tired of those who argue for the legalization of this drug into society. Like most other narcotics that are misused, it has done far more harm than good. If it does become legal, I can only hope that the generations that follow us see the futility in drug use for escaping reality and for recreational indulgence. Perhaps they will be too preoccupied with having to clean up the obnoxious, drug-induced mess we have selfishly passed on to them. Daniel Palmer Lynnwood - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.