Pubdate: Wed, 07 Mar 2012
Source: Sooke News Mirror (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Sooke News Mirror
Author: Stan White


Ted Dever is seriously misinformed (Letter: "The Gateway Theory", 
Feb. 22, 2012); even prohibitionist government studies historically 
discredit the 'gateway' theory.

Cannabis (marijuana) prohibition causes higher hard drug addiction 
rates because (among numerous other reasons) citizens purchase 
cannabis from people who often also sell hard drugs, creating the 
real 'gateway theory.'

Once cannabis is re-legalized, people will be able to purchase 
cannabis with out coming into contact with hard drugs. So, in 
supporting cannabis prohibition, Ted Dever, may actually be 
responsible for increasing hard drug addiction rates.

It's commendable to keep youth away from cannabis and hard drugs but 
incarcerating adults for using the extremely popular and relatively 
safe plant is the wrong way to do it.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado
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