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A word from a 61-year-old pothead (and model citizen)

"I am just one of millions of health-conscious Americans seeking the least harmful buzz."

"I am just one of millions of health-conscious Americans seeking the least harmful buzz." Pixabay

Reader Ben James Yokel responds to Al Franken belatedly gets behind liberalizing marijuana laws:

I am 61 and have been consuming cannabis off and on since my late teens (over 43 years). I'm a husband, father, electronics engineer, community volunteer, musician, marathon runner and successful business owner.

I never drink alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products. I vaporize cannabis (no smoke, no smell, no problems) in the evening after work or on weekends. I am in excellent health, my memory is completely intact, I run 30-60 miles per week and finished my 3nd Marathon in April.

I am just one of millions of health-conscious Americans seeking the least harmful buzz. How long do we have to suffer the lies and ridiculous nonsense from a government whose own data shows cannabis nearly harmless by comparison to prescription drugs, tobacco and booze?

Center for Disease Control numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 480,000
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0. None. Not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer? Enough with the lies, just legalize.