Letter to the Editor: Advocating legalizing medical marijuana in U.S.


If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco. Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. White Americans did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy began funding reefer madness propaganda.

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. The U.S. has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available to adults. The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who’ve built careers confusing the drug war’s collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant.

Students who want to help end the inter generational culture war otherwise known as the war on some drugs should contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com.


Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

#1.1599690:2802452216.jpg:Medical marijuana is used to ease the pain of the seriously ill.:Medical marijuana is used to ease the pain of the seriously ill, including terminal cancer, glaucoma and Parkinson?s patients. Those opposing Measure 13 doubt the marijuana can live up to the positive effects claimed. :Collegian Photo by Brigitte Norby