Even Anti-Drug Program DARE has come out in support of Legalisation

The list of people who think it's sensible to outlaw a drug 114 times less deadly than alcohol is getting shorter and shorter, with even DARE publishing an op-ed calling for marijuana to be legalised.

 

[The article has since been taking down, but is shown below]

 

The staunchly anti-drug organisation, which tried to instil fear of psychoactive substances in the minds of teenagers in the 1990s, was forced to admit that regulating cannabis will "actually make everyone safer".

 

"People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalisation, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment wrote in a response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch.

 

"We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer." He also likened banning marijuana to banning stairs, and said that he believes proper regulation would make for safer use of the drug.

 

"Anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol," he continued.

 

"Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at.

 

"I support legalisation precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age.

 

"The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education."

 

It's a bold move for the organisation, and comes after President Obama said we need to "follow the science not the ideology" on weed legislation.

 

In the UK, the issue might finally reach Parliament this year, after a petition in support of legalisation attracted nearly 200,000 signatures.

 

source: The Independent

 


 

Purchasing Marijuana Puts Kids at Risk

 

Posted on July 27, 2015 by D.A.R.E. but since removed

 

A letter to the editor by CARLIS McDERMENT.

 

From The Columbus Dispatch.

 

As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal (“Legal pot poses another threat to children,” July 8 letter from Dr. Johanna Said). The term “controlled substance” is very misleading.


The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to control. People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer. Merely decriminalizing it will do nothing to undercut the dangerous illicit market that is currently selling to kids everywhere.


The hospital visits Dr. Said referenced were not because marijuana is legal there, per se, but because parents need to be more fully educated in how to keep harmful substances away from their kids. Of course, children shouldn’t ingest marijuana unless a physician has legally recommended it. But anyone who suggests we outlaw everything dangerous to children would also have to ban stairs, Tylenol, bleach, forks and outlet sockets and definitely alcohol. Those things harm children every day, but anyone championing that we ban them would be laughed at.


I support legalization precisely because I want to reduce youths’ drug use. Drug dealers don’t care about a customer’s age. The answer isn’t prohibition and incarceration; the answer is regulation and education.


We already tried alcohol prohibition and it was a violent catastrophe, too. Please don’t let Ohio be known as one of the last bastions of marijuana hysteria.

 

source: Archive.is