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Drug use is the biggest security threat

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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009 10:00 pm

The greatest threat to the security of our nation is drug use.

It carries with it the misery of addiction, intoxicated people in the workplace and schools, broken homes, horrific violence, carnage on our highways and ruined health.

The public frustration is being exploited by a small but growing group of drug legalizers, who over the years have adopted a strategy of working toward complete drug legalization by first approaching the medical marijuana issue.

There currently exists controversy concerning smoking marijuana as a medicine. Many well-intentioned leaders and members of the public have been misled by the well-financed and organized pro-drug legalization lobby into believing there is merit to their argument, that smoking marijuana is a safe and effective medicine. A review of scientific research, expert medical testimony and findings show this to be erroneous.

Marijuana is not a medicine. Marijuana could never pass the Food and Drug Administration's pure drug standards. It contains 400 crude chemicals, some of which are carcinogens stronger than those found in cigarettes.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have identified a strong link between smoking marijuana and throat cancer. Persons under the influence of marijuana are 10 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic collisions than a person driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pro-drug lobby has bombarded the American public with the theory of harm reduction and the responsible use of marijuana and other drugs. We have only to look to our nation's history of drug use or social ills caused by our two legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Why would we want to make another, more powerful and addicting drug cheap, legal and readily available?

There are compounds in the marijuana plant that have potential medical value. THC has been approved for treating nausea, as well as for treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS. These medications are a far cry from burning the crude weed and gulping down the smoke.

The overarching charge to any physician is "first do no harm." That is the test smoked marijuana cannot pass.

Gary Armstrong

Past President

California Narcotic Officers Association

Lodi

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