To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
Dr. Blaine's letter of Jan. 14. in the light of his quoted remarks in the CRIMSON of Jan. 5, is rather puzzling. On one hand, he states that marijuana "isn't harmful, and there's no evidence to show it's even as addictful as cigarettes;" on the other hand he agrees with the attitude of the law enforcement agencies to do "Everything that can be done to discourage the use" of this harmless substance.
That he should take this matter very seriously is understandable, but only in the light of the fact that marijuana smoking is now illegal. Surely the frequent jailing and academic blackballing of young people for the use of marijuana itself could ever do.
A man of Blaine's stature, were he to state his views less equivocally, could help greatly in creating a climate of opinion that would lead to changing of the law. Knowledgeable people honestly concerned with the welfare of students should speak out clearly to correct the public misconceptions which are causing the present situation. This would be more constructive and more honest than for everyone to continue pretending to believe in the official myth that pot is bad. R.J. Solomonoff
Need Help with Your Schedule?The entire drug classification system is archaic, unscientific, and rather harmful.
A More Benign Intoxicant?We might do well to experience the graces of a plant thought widely to combat stress, increase empathy, and spur creativity.
Ensure Accessible TreatmentWhere the medical community and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health determine dispensaries should exist, there they should be built.
Harvard Policies on Medical Marijuana To Remain UnchangedDespite the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts at the beginning of 2014, Harvard will not be altering its drug prohibition policies on campus to make an exception for medical marijuana.
Harvard Today: March 13, 2014
Med School Prof. Finds Brain Abnormalities in Young Marijuana UsersIn a recent study, Jodi Gilman, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, discovered brain abnormalities in young adults who are marijuana smokers.