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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Watchdog group on effect of pot on teens

Group is necessary, not biased 

A cigar-sized marijuana blunt is passed around at a rally at Westlake Park, after the Cannabis Freedom March. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

A cigar-sized marijuana blunt is passed around at a rally at Westlake Park, after the Cannabis Freedom March. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

In Mason Tvert’s letter to the editor regarding a marijuana-watchdog group led by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, he questions the bias of the group and claims they have a “dog in the fight.” [“Northwest Voices: Watchdog group on effect of pot on teens,” Opinion, July 15.]

Having read the article earlier in the week, I have to ask, who has the dog? As a representative for the Marijuana Policy Project, it would seem it’s Tvert, not the group who wants to watch for potential fallout that new pot laws may have on teenage use.

I, for one, welcome Kennedy’s group’s input, for it would seem an analysis of teen use by an unbiased party is of critical relevance.

The same old lines about pot being more difficult for teens to acquire now and about comparisons to alcohol are growing tiresome. What we need are facts and thoughtful analysis, and if the results indicate increased marijuana use by youth as a result of Initiative 502, then we, as a society, have some serious soul-searching to do.

Eric English, Seattle

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