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US CO: PUB LTE: Marijuana Prohibition -- Vote 'Yes' On Amendment

 

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n523/a11.html

Newshawk: Kirk

Votes: 0

Pubdate: Tue, 16 Oct 2012

Source: Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)

Copyright: 2012 The Daily Camera.

Contact: openforum@dailycamera.com

Website: http://www.dailycamera.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/103

Author: Rob Smoke

 

 

MARIJUANA PROHIBITION -- VOTE 'YES' ON AMENDMENT 64

 

The anti-marijuana forces have been doing their much-anticipated zombie dance with the approach of election day -- or is it Halloween? "Marijuana is the gateway drug," "teen use will skyrocket," "dispensaries invite crime" -- display your fangs, twirl your bloody limbs, zombies -- miserable arguments coming back from the dead are all you have!

 

Let's look at the first one: Marijuana as a "gateway." It's a little like saying milk is the gateway to alcoholism -- think of mom adding chocolate syrup to lure you the same way bartenders put cherries in mixed drinks -- obviously theyre linked.

 

Yeah, marijuana can be a gateway if you're unlucky enough to grow up without parents in the middle of the forest -- otherwise the available information about drugs should be enough to help any child understand the enormous distance that exists not just between marijuana and meth, but between marijuana and a St. Joseph's aspirin.

 

It may be possible for children to be confused or not know the difference -- it's known to happen when kids are told enough lies. Ending prohibition means accurate information will be more available now than ever -- any teen switching from marijuana to hard drugs will be doing it on their own steam and probably against the standards and expectations of their peer group -- something already obvious to a multitude of educators and parents.

 

Don't be fooled. Marijuana prohibition is the favorite cause of a select group of special interests that include private prison operators and "the beer lobby." In other words, people who can financially profit from ignorance.

 

Additionally, some local law enforcers have warned against support. The corporate media frequently ignores the fact that thousands of both active and retired law enforcement officers nationally have gone on record supporting Amendment 64 ( as well as federal legalization ).

 

This November, help Colorado and the nation turn back the zombies! Vote "yes" on 64.

 

ROB SMOKE

 

Boulder

MAP posted-by: Matt

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