A psychologist with very strong opinions on whether legalization is a wise course is A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, (now former, he resigned) deputy director for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. As McLellan sees it, making marijuana more available will lead to more use, and more use will lead to greater dependence.
"Are you willing to say, 'Let's expand use, let's add another intoxicant into the public?' I don't like the odds," he says.
While noting that the cannabinoids found within marijuana show medicinal promise and will eventually be developed as a new class of pain reliever, smoked marijuana is not the best way to deliver those medical benefits, he says.
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So how did my kids catch it?
"Put it this way: We've got record unemployment, two wars, we have a bank collapse, a housing catastrophe. Oh, I know, let's add marijuana, let's add another intoxicant — that ought to fix things," McLellan says.
The background on Tom McLellan makes for an interesting read, he married a former coke addict, had two kids, both had severe addiction problems one of whom dies at the hand of illicit drugs AND alcohol. He is no moraliser, seeing addiction as a disease. Sad. Really. And this is supposed to inform debate at the Cutting Edge in New Zealand.
Makes one wonder why have a Law Commission Review of Drug Policy at all? Doh!
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