Pubdate: Wed, 09 Nov 2011
Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Copyright: 2011 C.E.G.W./Times-Shamrock
Author: Ralph Givens


Re: "High stakes" (Nov. 2), the clear stupidity of people like state 
Attorney General Bill Schuette - in making a career of opposing 
marijuana - is seen when we examine a few facts. First off, contrary 
to any myths promoted by the drug warriors, cannabis is the least 
toxic drug known to mankind. There has never been a fatality 
attributed to marijuana in 5,000 years of recorded use.

Claims that marijuana is "dangerous" are myths and propaganda coming 
from drug warriors worried about losing cushy jobs chasing potheads, 
who need no protection from cannabis. It is long past time to abandon 
reefer madness and to set marijuana free.

Marijuana prohibition was founded on absurd fictions such as the 
notion that "[Smoking] one [marihuana] cigarette might develop a 
homicidal mania, probably to kill his brother." However, the drug 
crusaders cannot point to a single homicide caused by just smoking marijuana.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette would do citizens a better 
service by abandoning his reefer madness campaign and focusing law 
enforcement on real crimes such as rape, child molesting, drunk 
driving, car theft, burglary, assault, murder and other crimes that 
really injure people.

- -Ralph Givens, Daly City, Calif.
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