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6/18/2013 11:50:00 AM
Letter: 'Health issues' won't dissuade teens from using marijuana


I don't think debatable studies of detrimental health effects as presented by Dr. Leon Cattolico (My Turn, 6/11/13) are an effective deterrent to the use of marijuana, and they're certainly not valid arguments for the federal illegality of cannabis that both criminals and law enforcement agencies profit from.

The possible health issues with marijuana use are cause for concern. But is the good doctor not aware that health issues with alcohol were exacerbated by the passage of Prohibition? Is he unfamiliar with Harry Anslinger's bigotry-fueled war on 'marihuana', and the American Medical Association's protest against the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937?

So long as cannabis is a schedule 1 drug, controlled cause-and-effect studies cannot be done. Current studies require cooperation from those who admit to breaking the law. (For example, in his 1995 memoir "Dreams of My Father," Barack Obama described his heavy cannabis smoking while attending high school in Hawaii. Have Obama's health records been examined for possible long-term physical impacts of early use? Did his IQ suffer a permanent decline?)

Anyway, physical health issues are not going to dissuade many teenagers from using cannabis. The most effective argument is that heavy use in teen years can seriously reduce the chances of living a productive, happy life -- particularly when maintaining an altered state of mind becomes a person's primary motivation. It should be obvious that those who put getting stoned above getting educated are going to enter adulthood at a disadvantage.

David Perrell


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

You are obviously BLIND.

I have written on this topic MANY, MANY times, I am afraid that "cold day in hell" was DECADES ago.

I have also spoken MANY, MANY times about the fact that even though I am a progressive . . . I OWN A GUN.

I BELIEVE in our founding fathers, THEY actually existed. I think our 'right to bear arms' is part of our UNIQUE America culture.

What else have WE got culturally?


Yep! God bless America . . .

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Gaia Gurl
Now I know why the temperature dropped a few degrees. June 18 was a cold day in hell. Hard to believe you actually posted something sensible, but you did. Until marijuana is fully legal, the State has no way to monitor its availability to minors, and even the best of parents won't be able to counter its illicit allure.

Hey, if you could also even just consider the possibility gun prohibition would create as much of an unholy mess, we might get a blizzard next Wednesday.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

THEREFORE, legalization is the ONLY way to get marijuana out of UNDERAGE hands.

Drug dealers do not CARD their customers and usually have other, HARDER drugs to sell.

Millions of people languish in JAIL because of marijuana use, and NOT violent crime. It is time to END the failed drug war. BILLIONS spent each year and it had NOT even made a dent in the flow of drugs.

No one has EVER died of an OVERDOSE of marijuana. You can't say that about ALCOHOL. You can't even say that about WATER.

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