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Marijuana . and replace word means 432 Mrs. of of who at first J. from W. To the editor:.' ' · . ; ' . ''·'·'·In-a 1 -'recent article, Mrs. Roxie .Outzen, commented on a comparison .'of marijuana and alcohol. I agree with 'her.that it is'hard to compare the two. .For every illusive, unprovable harm supposedly ,caused -by marijuana; there are';io times as many, well documented, well known harms caused by'the drug alcohol. She asked the question, "Are we to add another intoxicant to pur alcohol "burden?" I'hope, we-don't add any ·:'mpreTntpxicants'but.it is obvious that !we already have marijuana and it's here to stay. T h e r e are s o m e 30 Americans who have used marijuana. It grows wild in every state in the union. The'··"·U.S. 5 : .Department -of Agriculture has given up or] the idea a program'to-eradicate the plant marijuana from our country. The criminal law has been totally ineffective in preventing. marijuana use. ·-·· : . ' kV.-No, Mrs.l Outzen, I do not want 'add'another intoxicant, I "want us to deal effectively and reasonably with the ones we have. . Two independent studies by the District of Columbia -Narcotics Treatment Administrjatiop recently stated that 69 per cent of heroin addicts reported that they" drank hard · liquor at least once 'weekly before using heroin. Does' this mean that alcohol leads to heroin? After becoming heroin addicts, the number who used liquor dropped to per cent. They have replaced one with another. .Do you suppose that criminal treatment of alcohol users would be an effective means of stopping heroin addiction? In closing! I would like to quote some testimony given by Joseph F. Corcoran, executive director, National Coordinating Council on Drug Education, ,in testimony before the U.S. Senate s u b c o m m i alcoholism and narcotics, on Nov. 19 and 20,1974. ; ; -, "It seems fair to say th'at the legal sanctions against a drug used daily millions of American youth has had the double-edged effect of widening gap of understanding between the generations, while at the same time obfuscating the real issue, which is that, for better or worse, human beings' seem to be drug-taking animals. The job of drug education .not tp encourage or discourage drug use, but to place the facts before people and encourage them tp make intelligent choices. Americans are. traditionally a self-governing people. We take the notion of individual seriously--particularly freedom of choice. We .want the facts of the laid out before us, the pros and argued, and insofar as it is possible, we want to make our own decisions. . That.is true both for a political . d e b a t i n g ' - w h e ' decriminalize m a r i j u a n · youngster debating whether or not '.-smoke:.'that first joint. Without a rational drug policy, rational and ' effective drug education is impossible. -"In.sum,'then, present marijuana policy seriously undermines rational .drug 'education efforts..Wei of the N»ti«B»l Coordinating Council on Education, believe that marijuana well as all other abusable substance*, must be brovgkt nader * coherent fr»mew«trk pf »elal, .not criminal ttntrot." · Mr. Cocoran is the top drug ·education specialist in this country, and-Mrs. Outzen would do well to listen to his advice. Sincerely,- -.. · Douglas Tims " State Coordinator ' · ' . . . ' · - Mississippi Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws P.O. Box 3506 Jackson

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  1. The Delta Democrat-Times,
  2. 03 Jun 1975, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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