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Regarding the Jan. 15 editorial “Education on cannabis”: I think educating young people to stay away from cannabis will come only after a legal contradiction is resolved. The health risks from cannabis have yet to be proven. Some say the best argument against cannabis is that it may lead to stronger drugs and a prison sentence. But this does not address whether cannabis is intrinsically bad for people.

Look at tobacco: It has been scientifically proven to be detrimental to smokers and nonsmokers, yet it’s legal. Young people are hungry for fair reasoning, and this contradiction creates distrust of government intentions. The government’s selling of carcinogenic tobacco gets in the way of educating young people against the problems of smoking cannabis.

yasue shinomiya

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