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US FL: PUB LTE: War On Marijuana

 

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n175/a05.html

Newshawk: http://www.drugwarfacts.org

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Pubdate: Sat, 20 Apr 2013

Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Copyright: 2013 Sun-Sentinel Company

Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/mVLAxQfA

Website: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/159

Authors: Robert Sharpe

Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n167/a07.html

 

WAR ON MARIJUANA

 

Regarding Carlton Turner and Herbert Goldstein's April 18 op-ed, "Research doesn't support marijuana prohibition:"

 

Criminal records are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.  If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success.  The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees.

 

If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to deter use, prohibition is a catastrophic failure.  The United States has double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana is legal.  The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science.

 

The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign.  It's time to stop the pointless arrests and tax legal marijuana instead.

 

Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, DC

MAP posted-by: Matt

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