Stan White: Legalize it
November 24, 2010
Yes, cannabis is a Schedule I substance (letter to the editor, "Pot problem," Nov. 21 Steamboat Pilot & Today) alongside heroin, while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. That dangerous message must change. No, cannabis is not a "gateway drug." Even government studies have historically discredited the gateway theory. While Omar M. Campbell notes that "advocates use a lot of euphemisms in their promotions — e.g., dealers are caregivers, etc." — he hypocritically refers to the God-given plant as a "drug." And that euphemism exposes and illustrates the whole problem.
The reasons to legalize cannabis fills volumes of books, but to mention one: America should not be in the business of caging responsible adults for using what God indicates He created and says is good on the first page of the Bible.