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David Coyle: Big Tobacco, meet Big Dope

Do you remember this old ad campaign?

“Four out of five doctors recommend Chesterfield cigarettes.” Very clever of “Big Tobacco.” The notorious industry so idolizes profit that proven health concerns get shoved aside, obfuscated, denigrated. Millions of cancers result. No worries, profit is king.

Now a similar industry has sprouted, let’s call it “Big Dope.” Like Big Tobacco did, Big Dope portrays its product as medicine: help full, harmless and natural. Curiously far from monolithic, Big Dope is widely dispersed and democratic. “Mom and Pop” growers vie with criminal gangs for market share. Since recreational use is, by far, the driving force they must first call it medicine to gain acceptability

Prop. 215 should have been titled “The tax free six figure income enabling act.” You can grow dope, sell for cash, buy more land, grow even more dope! It’s medicine, you see. Sure it is. It’s also fraud.

Nevermind that the product contains at least as many toxins as tobacco when smoked. That strong mind altering substances in pot hinder young brains. That it keeps otherwise healthy adults in a seductive well of stupidity. That THC is stored in one’s fat cells and is loath to leave. Big Dope doesn’t care about impaired intellects. Profit is king. Addiction is good for business and the money? Very, very addictive.

David Coyle

North San Juan

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