To the Editor.—

It is unfortunate and somewhat puzzling that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has chosen this time to take a stand against the legalization of marijuana. Many of the arguments for and against legalization, or decriminalization, are noted in their technical report, although several dimensions should be explored more thoroughly. The editors of The Lancet are quoted as saying that “cannabis per se is not a hazard to society but driving it further underground may well be.” When one advocates against legalization, the real intent is to advocate for establishing criminal records and imprisonment for young people and adults for a common exploratory behavior. Those who advocate for prosecution as a felony are advocating for 1-year prison sentences for marijuana possession and, in some circumstances, loss of voting rights. In view of the widespread use of marijuana, any enforcement of the law is inevitably...

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