Pubdate: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
Source: Salem News (MA)
Copyright: 2012 Eagle Tribune Publishing Company
Author: Stan White


To the editor:

I'm sure the DanversCares prevention coalition means well 
("DanversCares stands up against marijuana use," March 12, 2012), but 
similar groups throughout the U.S. are typically misinformed about 
cannabis and are acting out of fear rather than the actual truth.

Cannabis (marijuana) is never prescribed; it is only recommended by 
physicians due to the risk of government punishing them and taking 
away their license. Cannabis isn't a "drug," but rather a relatively 
safe God-given plant as described on the first page of the Bible. It 
has been studied throughout the world for more than 5,000 years and 
has clearly been shown to have medical value.

Caging sick humans for using cannabis is Lucifer-esque.

Existing prohibitions were passed based on lies, half-truths and 
propaganda. If cannabis were never prohibited to begin with, there 
would not be a rational or moral reason to make it illegal today.

Further, the 2010 youth risk survey at Danvers High School indicates 
cannabis prohibition doesn't even achieve its goals of keeping the 
plant away from youths. Throughout America, surveys indicate young 
people can acquire cannabis easier than cigarettes because tobacco is 
regulated and not sold to minors.

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.
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