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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:52 PM

2. And here's the relevant portion of their response:

According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world's largest source of drug abuse research - marijuana use is associated with addiction, respiratory disease, and cognitive impairment. We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms. Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the past 20 years, raising serious concerns about what this means for public health especially among young people who use the drug because research shows their brains continue to develop well into their 20's. Simply put, it is not a benign drug.

As a former police chief, I recognize we are not going to arrest our way out of the problem. We also recognize that legalizing marijuana would not provide the answer to any of the health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and community quality of life challenges associated with drug use.

We aren't getting anywhere with the Obama administration on this issue without a serious fight -- in the media, in the courts, and with our friends & neighbors.

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