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POT: Specious argument for bad policy

Letter by Benjamin Anderstone, Tacoma on Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm | No Comments »
October 24, 2011 10:38 am

I was disappointed by the recent editorial opposing Tacoma’s Initiative 1, which makes marijuana possession a lowest-priority misdemeanor.

First, the article did a quick two-step that politicized the initiative while failing to analyze the opportunity costs involved in enforcing and prosecuting pot laws. That would be millions in these tough times.

Second, the editorial asserts that pot “triggers” schizophrenia. The cited study finds correlation, not causation. Schizophrenics self-medicate at high rates, including with tobacco. The evidence suggests schizophrenia causes drug use, not vice-versa.

Finally, this study was accompanied by mention of Dutch politicians curbing marijuana use (because who knows science better than politicians?).  The article failed to note that this has little to do with science, and everything to do with the rise of the statist Dutch Christian Union Party.

If there’s anything the public prefers to endure less than clouds of secondhand smoke, it’s specious arguments for bad public policies. I’m voting Yes on Initiative 1.

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