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Letter: Marijuana Images Send Wrong Message

This letter was submitted by a Charlestown organization.

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington state, pictures were published of young adults gleefully using the drug in public. 

We believe this sends the wrong message to our young people, especially pre-teens who typically look up to or admire young adults. Parents should consider pointing out that because something is legal does not mean it is acceptable. 

Marijuana is a proven “gateway drug,” and for those who move on to stronger drugs the battle back is difficult and lifelong. The devastation along the way is something that is all too familiar; every effort should be made to avoid it.

Mike Charbonnier, CHAD President 
Charlestown Against Drugs Inc.

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Chris January 12, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Then set what you think is a good example. After than, what one chooses to do is up to them. If drugs are not the answer, then why are you not picketing bars and pharmaceutical companies?
DgoJoe January 13, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Another "oinker" slurping up gruel at the drug war trough. He is desperately tryingvto keep his drug treatment gravy train on track but that's going to be a losing battle for him. The drug war's days are numbered, along with his. BTW, the gateway theory has been disproven time & time again, even by the givt's own National Institute of Health in their 1999 report. You may be entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. Intellectually dishonest to present the gateway theory as proven when it has been thoroughly debunked. Been a regular smoker for 45 years now. 59 years old and retired after a long successful career. Go blow these lies out of your butt somewhere else. People here know the facts. You obviously don't, so go read a book and learn something instead of spreading your lies.
TheMaskedTruthsayer January 13, 2013 at 07:21 PM
If only you had been busted in Turkey, you could have been somebody!
FlyingTooLow January 13, 2013 at 07:31 PM
@ TheMaskedTruthsayer... Maybe I could have escaped, a movie been made, and lived happily ever after on the royalties. But, it didn't work out that way. Many thanks for your comment.
Jay January 24, 2013 at 09:04 AM
Stupidity is a gateway drug. How about big Pharma? Marijuana has a lot of practical uses, and just like a lot of things in society, it's about moderation, not abstinence. While I like the occasional soda, the reality is there is a ton of sugar in that. Is that healthy? Do people get addicted to the sugar in it? Do people move on to baked goods, Twinkies (RIP), Bon-Bon's and Funnybones? Maybe we should outlaw these images too. In a country where we can't even limit the sale of assault rifles are we really all that worried about the images of someone smoking pot? How about educating people instead of trying to conceal everything. Alcohol is a much bigger concern for me than marijuana will ever be. As for kids using, that comes down to good parenting.

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