Fight against legalizing marijuana

DEAR EDITOR:

On July 20 the Tribune Chronicle carried a story about Congressman Timothy Ryan saying marijuana should be legal in all 50 states. Marijuana is recognized as a gateway to addiction. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, marijuana is a Schedule I drug.

It has serious risks and no medical benefits. Other drugs in this category include heroin and LSD. Despite insufficient evidence regarding its risks and benefits, marijuana is increasingly available and aggressively marketed to the public because there is a lot of money in it.

A new study titled “Risks and benefits of Marijuana Use: A National Survey of U.S. Adults” was published last month in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Salomeh Keyhani, an internist and professor at the University of California Medical School, stated that marijuana is not the miracle cure it is perceived to be. For instance, one recent study failed to find evidence that it could reduce chronic pain.

Don’t we have enough people, especially the young, on drugs today?

The rehabilitation rate is only 25 percent.

This is horrific.

If he really wants to help his constituents, he should forget the money and fight against the legalization of marijuana.

EDWARD CORCORAN

Howland

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