This is in response to the question “Legalize marijuana?” that was the title of your April 12 editorial. Contrary to the implication of the editorial, opposition to legalization of marijuana is bipartisan. Neither Republican nor Democratic administrations have supported its legalization due to numerous scientific-based studies having shown that marijuana is a harmful drug in many ways, including being addictive.
Marijuana has been cultivated to be much stronger than what was used in earlier decades, and it is being used by younger children. This drug is especially harmful to youth during their vital years of social and academic development. Marijuana legalization would surely increase its use by youths as well as by adults.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy recently made a new resource available on its website with updated information on marijuana. Additional information can be found on the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at DrugAbuse.gov. Another great resource is PreventTeenDrugUse.org, a website of the Institute for Behavior and Health Inc., whose founder/president is Robert L. DuPont, the first director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse.
My background in the drug issue has been as a volunteer in school-age drug use awareness and prevention, having become involved as a parent in the early 1980s. I am a native of Rappahannock County and a graduate of Sperryville High School, class of 1949. And I have been a subscriber of the Rappahannock News nearly all of the time since high school graduation.
Nancy Yowell Starr