To the Editor:
A month ago an article I wrote in the News was criticized by a gentleman from Texas who apparently claims he is a former police officer and involved in an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He challenged a section in my article where I included marijuana with other drugs that I claimed were addictive and deadly. I had to find out who could have made such a statement. The gentleman from Texas was part of a group that wants to legalize marijuana. He has made a website using the good name of Law Enforcement to promote marijuana legalization. Additionally he has been featured on the NORML ( National Organization Regulation of Marijuana Laws ) website.
I viewed his web site and checked his links. He refers to studies made in 1973, that's 32 years ago. We as a society have to be very careful who to believe. Not only is marijuana addictive, but it is a major gateway drug especially to cocaine abuse. It can be the cause of heart disease, lung disease and several other physical and psychological problems. I have met far too many people through my 20+ year career as a police officer that have given me first hand information that they were addicted to the drug and were unable to quit.
Although past information may have implied that marijuana may not be addictive, recent information disproves this theory. Whether it is physiological or psychological, the bottom line is: if you cannot cease the use of marijuana by choice, you are addicted. Why would there be a Marijuana - Anonymous organization if it was not addictive? Iif you are interested in viewing information regarding marijuana dangers and addiction, here are just a few sites to check: http://www.nida.nih.gov/ www.members.optusnet.com.au/~apfdfy/Effects.html#MARIJUANA UPDATE.
Defending marijuana as non harmful drug is wrong. It has been proven unsafe and that is why it is illegal. Use your common sense, how can any smoke going into your lungs be good for you, it just doesn't make sense. Our lungs run on oxygen, not toxic, cancer causing smoke. Sadly there are people who promote marijuana use purely because of selfish reasons. If smoking pot is no big deal as some defenders of the drug claim, how would they feel if they were having open heart surgery and their doctor was high on it, or if they boarded a plane and the pilot just smoked pot? Let's be honest.
View the following sites involving my critic ( http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/378/ridesagain.shtml and http://www.leap.cc ). The only true way to end the drug problem in our society is to never start. If you are using drugs, do the right thing and quit. If you can't do it alone, seek help as soon as possible. It's your life, make it a great one.
Officer Jim Bowen
Source: Weymouth News (MA)
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