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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on April 18, 2009, in response to the Camera’s question: A pro-pot student group is holding a three-day symposium in Boulder starting this weekend, leading up to the annual 4/20 campus “smoke out” session on Monday. The talks and event are aimed at the decriminalization of marijuana, which many people think is a drug that should remain illegal. What do you think?

We, the people, gave government responsibility to ensure our health and safety in numerous ways. To that end, government lists marijuana as an illicit drug, where it should remain.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.

A study conducted in Tennessee and reported in The New England Journal of Medicine raises the concern of reckless drivers impaired by marijuana. It also debunks the notion that marijuana intoxication makes smokers become more cautious drivers. In the study, 150 subjects submitted urine samples at the scene for drug testing after getting pulled over for reckless driving. Of those, 33 percent were impaired by marijuana alone.

The problems with marijuana go on and on. Another study shows a marijuana abuser’s risk of a heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking. And, numerous studies show marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Of course, it is also an irritant to the lungs and causes coughing and phlegm.

Decriminalizing marijuana is unwise. We cannot simply go backward by saying marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Such a statement says we didn’t exactly get it right with alcohol, not the other way around.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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