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POT: Do we base laws on reality or stereotypes?

Letter by Tracy A. Baublits, Fife on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm with No Comments »
October 17, 2013 2:51 pm

In the rush to make laws regarding marijuana, reality is being ignored.

Cigarettes have additives to make them as addictive as possibly and have no health benefits. They cause health issues, increased medical cost and death. The Centers for Disease Control estimates they kill 440,000 people per year.

Alcohol’s impacts are well known. You can die from alcohol poisoning from drinking too much. Deaths caused by its use affect the users and people who cross their path. It causes at least 80,000 deaths per year.

Caffeine has long been recognized as an addictive substance as well. There have been deaths related to highly caffeinated energy drinks that are available to anyone.

These can an be sold anywhere. There are no restrictions on how much you can drive with. Kegs of alcohol, no problem! Cases of cigarettes, no problem! These are all legal, even though the health problems are known.

Marijuana doesn’t have the negative effects of these different substances. Researchers have proven pot doesn’t cause lung, throat or oral cancer. Further research shows positive results in other cancers and illnesses as well.

Why is it being treated as a toxic substance at all? This shows the power of the government to mislead with 80 years of lies and propaganda. The marijuana stereotype is widely accepted even though current science refutes the government’s claims.

I’ve heard there’s been an increase in heroin use in young people. At least they aren’t smoking the dreaded marijuana!

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