The argument that we, as a nation, can “Make Marijuana Safer by Making It Legal” [Oct. 2014] is shortsighted at best and a public disaster at worst.
Medical marijuana should be legalized for use in every state and under federal law. But it should be restricted to patients who have documented medical conditions that either cannot be controlled with standard medical treatments or for whom those treatments cannot be tolerated.
However, legalization of “recreational” marijuana will have a major detrimental effect on the health of individual users and on the health care system in this country. Decriminalization for possession is a viable option and one that will not put the profit motive into its legal production. It is not an “unjust” law to prohibit marijuana. Yes, arresting users is a waste of money, resources, and lives. But arresting distributors is not.