Letter to the Editor: Another Look at Marijuana Issues | Letters
In a September 5, Post star letter, Al Scoonzarielli from Moreau suggested that we look at Colorado as an example of the benefits that legalizing marijuana could bring to New York City. Here’s what an author of Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, attorney Robert J. Corry Jr. of Denver, Colorado, said about it.
“The inmates run the Colorado Marijuana Asylum. … This industry clogs our planet with unnecessary chemicals and cropping systems, harms the poor and children, and is dominated by the rich and privileged. … The percentage of the state of Colorado’s overall revenue from marijuana is tiny. Treatment costs, lost productivity and other externalities of increased intoxication and addiction, as well as damage to children, have skyrocketed. … Colorado is now synonymous with marijuana, and marijuana is a net loss. Connecticut Mirror, 06/20/2021.
Mr Scoonzarielli also questioned the “old entry drug”. There should be little debate about which “drug” is a “gateway,” since the gateway is more psychological than an addiction issue.
People who are psychologically more vulnerable to drug use, especially impressionable young people, are simply more likely to start with readily available substances. Subsequent interactions with other drug addicts increase the risk of using other more dangerous or addictive drugs. This risk is increased by decreased apprehension, or simple curiosity, or a desire for greater drug-induced euphoria.