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San Diego Supervisors Continue to Challenge CA Medical Marijuana Law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 December 2006

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They just can’t leave it alone. On Tuesday the San Diego County Supervisors voted to appeal a recent judicial ruling that threw out their lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s medical marijuana law.

According to this article, not only do the Supervisors claim that federal law is “supreme”, but they also accuse the medical marijuana act of promoting drug abuse.
In and often repeated refrain, one opponent of the law testified that the law was “threatening California’s youth.”

It stretches one’s imagination to think that seriously ill people, who use medical marijuana to relieve their suffering, threaten the youth. Yet, it’s one of those fearful myths that opponents dearly hold onto.
The story goes like this: medical marijuana will get diverted into the hands of the youth and the next step could be heroin.

A new 12-year study debunks that marijuana gateway theory and hopefully it will punch some holes in the tenacious myth. The evidence is showing that, “the use of illegal drugs is determined not by the preceding of a particular drug, but instead by the user’s individual tendencies and environmental circumstances.”

Leading researcher, Dr. Tarter, summed it up well: “To become more effective in our efforts to fight drug abuse, we should devote more attention to … parenting skills that shape the child’s behavior as well as peer and neighborhood environments.”

Now tell me, how do seriously ill people, who use medical marijuana, threaten the youth?
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 December 2006 )
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