With regard to Susan Gardner’s excellent piece in your August 13 issue, "Economic impact of Marijuana legalization...," there is just one correction I would like to offer.
Marijuana is indeed a Schedule 1 (most dangerous) narcotic under federal law, which means no research can be done on the substance. Cocaine, however, is a Schedule 2 drug, meaning less dangerous than pot, heroin, methamphetamines, oxycodone, etc.
Isn’t it interesting that the prohibitionists consider pot a "gateway" drug. Gateway to what? To something "less dangerous," such as cocaine? Anybody who believes that cocaine is less dangerous than pot obviously knows nothing about the substances.
That ignorance should disqualify someone from even commenting on the subject. Although holding to the view may qualify you for a job with governmental drug enforcement agencies.
Ted S. Kogon