Cultural inquisition

Published: Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Re "Debate over pot gaining steam" (Dan Morain, March 16): Don't be fooled by Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Kevin Sabet is attempting to expand the drug war by marrying the prison-industrial complex to shady for-profit treatment providers.

No one benefits when scarce treatment slots are filled with casual marijuana users. Just as adults who drink an occasional glass of wine don't need substance abuse treatment, the vast majority of marijuana users don't either.

Many marijuana smokers have turned their lives around by putting down the bottle and picking up the marijuana pipe. These former alcoholics no longer wake up with hangovers. Because they have chosen a safer alternative, they now lead productive lives.

Yes, some have substance abuse problems stemming from traumatic life experiences. The last thing they need is Big Brother testing their bodily fluids and threatening jail time. The war on marijuana is a cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign.

-- Robert Sharpe, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Arlington, Virg.

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