Pubdate: Thu, 28 Jan 2016
Source: New Haven Register (CT)
Copyright: 2016 New Haven Register
Author: Stan White


Jerry Cunningham (Letter: Discourage demand for drugs, Jan. 24) must 
not be aware the discredited D.A.R.E. program is history because 
studies (including government studies) indicated it caused more drug 
use than no anti-drug program at all. One of the ways it increased 
hard drug addiction rates is by claiming cannabis (marijuana) was the 
worst "drug." It parroted prohibitionist government's laughable 
notion that cannabis is a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, 
while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. How many 
Americans were taught heroin is no worse than cannabis and when they 
tried cannabis thought hard drugs must not be so bad, either, only to 
find themselves suddenly addicted to hard drugs?

Prohibiting the relatively safe, extremely popular God-given plant 
and labeling it alongside heroin creates contempt for drug laws and 
the farce must end for hard drug addiction rates to diminish.

- - Stan White

Dillon, Colorado
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