To the Editor,

Stephen H. Frye hit the bull’s-eye calling for credible drug law reform (Speaker Rebuts Drug Policy, Feb. 19, 2009) and that means Re-legalizing cannabis (marijuana) at the very least.

One beneficial component of re-legalizing cannabis that doesn’t get mentioned is that it will lower hard drug addiction rates. DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) brainwashes youth into believing lies, half-truths and propaganda concerning cannabis, which causes grave future problems.

How many citizens try cannabis and realize it’s not nearly as harmful as taught in DARE type government environments? Then they think other substances must not be so bad either, only to become addicted to deadly drugs. The old lessons make cannabis out to be among the worst substances in the world, even though it’s never killed a single person.

The federal government even classifies cannabis as a Schedule I substance along with heroin, while methamphetamine and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. For the health and welfare of America’s children and adults that message absolutely must change.

Regulated cannabis sales also would make it so citizens who purchase cannabis would not come into contact with people who often also sell hard drugs which would lower hard drug addiction rates.

Stan White

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