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Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial Board Biography

Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"

“[R]ecreational weed comes with health, safety and social costs that make legalizing marijuana a dangerous proposal for Nevadans…

Legalizing weed would jeopardize the health of countless Nevadans, expose more people to drug abuse and addiction, put excessive stress on the state’s health-care facilities and do little to relieve the state’s bloated prison population.

The pro-pot lobby hails marijuana as relatively harmless. But that’s misleading, at best.

Marijuana contains nearly 500 dangerous chemicals when inhaled or ingested, including about five times more tars and other cancer-causing agents than tobacco smoke. Cancer, respiratory diseases, mental illness, birth defects, reproductive problems and irreversible brain damage are all linked to marijuana use.

And no matter how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise, marijuana is both addictive — one in 10 people who try pot will become hooked on it — and a gateway to more deadly drugs that kill more than 45,000 Americans a year.”

“Pot Legalization a Bad Bet for Nevada,”, Nov. 7, 2016


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