By Neil Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
I was a cop in Maryland for 34 years. I’m the last person who wants to see teenagers using marijuana or any other drug. But what I learned in my 34 years is that if you don’t want teens to have access to something, prohibiting that thing is the worst thing you can do (“Harms of marijuana use,” Dec. 17). Prohibition just puts it in the hands of unregulated, unlicensed dealers who sell product of unknown quality to anyone, which is why teens consistently tell us it’s easier to buy marijuana than to buy alcohol.