Charles H. Lutz’s op-ed article regarding Harry Anslinger is interesting but misleading (“Real Myths About Marijuana: Harry Anslinger Is Being Demonized by Legalization Zealots,” March 20). The issue is not Anslinger. The issue is the fairness of federal and state laws regarding marijuana.
His last sentence is especially misleading in which he states there is “no redeeming quality” to smoking marijuana. The same can be said for smoking cigarettes, drinking alcoholic beverages and eating french fries.
However, drug agents (such as Mr. Lutz), lawyers, jailers and drug cartels make their living off of marijuana being illegal. They have a vested monetary interest in keeping it illegal.
Yet the people, including many police and government officials, are beginning to see that the laws are a miscarriage of justice. The experiments in Colorado and Washington show that the negative effects of recreational marijuana use are no worse than those of recreational beer consumption. Visit Denver or Seattle to see for yourself.
Regulation is certainly necessary. Despite the large amounts of money being made by Mr. Lutz and others, the law is unfair and needs to change. Too many young people pay the price that only fills the pockets of people like Mr. Lutz.
Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.