I'm writing about Robert Sharpe's outstanding letter, "Reefer Madness revisited?" (June 9-16):
If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, coffee would be illegal but marijuana would be legal. If we drink 65 cups of coffee in a single day, we have a 50 percent chance of dying as a result.
On the other hand, if we smoke the world's most potent pot all day long, the worst effect would be a severe case of the munchies. (Actually, the worst effect would be getting arrested and thrown in jail with violent criminals).
I'd like to add that I have never seen heroin, cocaine, LSD, or methamphetamine. However, I was offered free samples of these dangerous drugs on several occasions by my marijuana suppliers when I was a user of marijuana, which is more than 15 years ago.
Like the vast majority of marijuana users, I was only interested in marijuana and no other illegal drugs.
Fortunately, I turned down all offers of free samples of other drugs. Unfortunately, many others do not - thus the gateway effect.