Government’s pot deception
Re “What happened to the pot stigma?,” Opinion, June12
Seth Leibsohn and former U.S. drug czar William J. Bennett give the “marijuana lobby” far too much credit for the growing support for marijuana law reform.
It’s really simple: Most young adults have personally tried marijuana. In doing so, they could not help but realize that our government has been lying about marijuana for decades. Marijuana is not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as government propaganda suggests.
The so-called marijuana lobby is a recent development resulting from successful state ballot initiatives to tax and regulate marijuana. Legal businesses that pay taxes and take profits away from violent drug cartels are the end result.
It’s personal experience that has led a majority of Americans to rightly conclude that marijuana is safer than alcohol and does not merit a criminal justice response. Robert Sharpe
Washington The writer is a policy analyst for Common Sense for Drug Policy.