Rep. David Gallegos: Legalizing marijuana not a true pathway forward - Las Cruces Sun-News

I feel the need to respond to my colleague, Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, and his views on legalizing marijuana. Representative McCamley is a good man, but his views on this issue are misguided. Marijuana is not only an unsafe drug itself, it leads to heavier drug use down the road. The additional exposure that would accompany legalization will put our children at even greater risk.

Studies have proven that marijuana is addicting and can hurt mental development. And for many people, there are similar characteristics that lead to stronger and more addictive drug use.

During my lifetime, I have seen the effects of this drug first hand. I have lost family members to drug addiction where it started with marijuana and then led to stronger drugs.

So many families experience a similar situation. The fact is, drug addiction ruins lives and we need less of it.

While the negative...

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