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POT: Myths and misconceptions abound

Letter by Joe Henry, Puyallup on May 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm with No Comments »
May 22, 2013 9:50 am

Re: “Navigating the road to commercial marijuana no simple task” (TNT, 5-21).

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant so-called drug experts are when rationalizing the legalization of marijuana. In the article, Bill Keller of The New York Times references Mark Kleiman’s comments about how “making outlaws of people for enjoying a drug that is less injurious than alcohol or tobacco.”

Let’s think about that statement. Maybe it’s because marijuana is (a psychogenic) illegal and once legal will trump (by a large margin) the injurious effects of alcohol (a depressent) and caffeine (a stimulus). But the comment that really grabs me is Kleiman’s declaration that “at some point you have to say, a law that people don’t obey is a bad law.”

And this guy is advising our state about commerialization of the marijuana market? I sometimes don’t obey the speeding law, but I wouldn’t consider it a bad law. It is necessary for the health and well-being of our citizenry.

Marijuana is a devastating psychogenic drug, and I keep hoping and praying our medical professionals and health-care industry will finally step forward and debunk the false claims and ambivalent attitudes of manufactured policy wonks such as Kleiman who use twisted logic and manipulated opinion to justify a position.

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