Column: Marijuana legalization contrary to public health


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“For first time, majority in U.S. supports public smoking ban.” That was the headline in July 2011 as cigarette bans swept the country.

In 2000, just one major U.S. city banned smoking at work sites, restaurants and bars. As of last year, 60 percent of the 50 largest cities did, including Indianapolis. Last July, Indiana became one of 38 states with smoke-free air laws.

“Majority now supports legalizing marijuana.” That headline appeared this spring amid growing debate over liberalizing marijuana laws. Although marijuana use is still against federal law, 26 states have moved to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize recreational marijuana or both. Indiana has been flirting with the idea.

 

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