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End Prohibition

Jack Hunter got a bull's-eye calling for credible drug law reform. ("Just Say No ... More" by Jack Hunter, Dec. 17) At the very least that means re-legalizing cannabis (marijuana). The relatively safe, socially acceptable, God-given plant cannabis hasn't killed anyone in over 5,000 years of documented use, yet it is classified as a Schedule I substance along with heroin and LSD, while meth and coke are only Schedule II substances.

And there's part of the problem. The prohibitionist government propaganda insisting that cannabis is so bad has the effect of creating contempt toward the warnings about highly addictive and deadly drugs.

How many adults try cannabis and realize it's not nearly as harmful as taught in DARE-type government environments and think other substances must not be so bad either, only to become addicted to deadly substances?

Another benefit from ending cannabis prohibition includes allowing free American farmers to grow hemp, like communist Chinese farmers do. Some sources indicate that if 10 percent of American farmland were used to grow hemp, the U.S. would not need to import any foreign petroleum.

A sane argument to continue prohibiting cannabis and hemp does not exist.

Stan White
Dillon, Colo.

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