Reefer madness is a lie

  I object to author John Dougherty’s assessment that “Marijuana isn’t the only drug being smuggled” across the Tohono O’odham Nation’s border with Mexico. Marijuana is not a drug. It is a plant that is smoked without any processing necessary, unlike the commercial tobacco that kills millions every year.

There has never been any legitimate proof that marijuana is more dangerous than legal substances such as tobacco and alcohol. It wouldn’t need to be smuggled across borders by crime syndicates if it were made legal. The only reason it is associated with crime is because it has been artificially deemed a criminal substance, on a par with highly processed and dangerous drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Evan Cantor
Boulder, Colorado