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September 26, 2017

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letter to the editor:

We lie to our kids about marijuana

I’m writing about Jackie Valley’s story in The Sunday: “Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic.”

The question that needs to be asked is: Why don’t children and adolescents believe those who warn them about the dangers of drugs like heroin? The answer: Because when the drug war cheerleaders lie about or grossly exaggerate the dangers of marijuana, they lose all credibility.

When children find out that they have been lied to about marijuana, they make the logical assumption that they are also being lied to about the dangers of other drugs like heroin.

This has been a recipe for disaster.

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