Pubdate: Wed, 10 Jun 2015
Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)
Copyright: 2015 The Press Democrat
Author: George Hollister


EDITOR: Ed Gogek ("Doctors don't back medical marijuana," Sunday) is 
correct, "medical marijuana" is a sham. But to conclude that 
marijuana prohibition should remain in effect is a sham as well.

Alcohol prohibition wasn't ended because of a societal need for 
Granny's alcohol-laced cure-all. Bootleggers and drunks didn't write 
the alcohol regulations either. But with marijuana, this is OK. Why? 
Because political leadership is absent. Too many politicians are 
clueless or have their heads in the sand when it comes to legalizing pot.

The reasons for ending marijuana prohibition are exactly the same as 
the reasons for ending alcohol prohibition. And the legal structure 
for regulating marijuana is the alcohol model that has been in place 
for the past 80 years.


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