Re "Newsom wades into the weed" (Dan Morain, Oct. 27): I've known and counseled people where pot use is part of the problem, irrelevant, and where it helps ameliorate other health issues. While Morain accurately notes some of the dangers of pot use, criminalizing it only empowers criminal drug pushers. Throughout the world, when a drug is legalized, use diminishes somewhat alongside the economic incentive to sell it. Alongside alcohol, marijuana use should be an adult option, not the means to draw kids into use of even worse drugs.
-- Mitch Darnell, MS, OSM, CRC, Sacramento