Fifty years ago, a distressed student asked advice columnist Ann Landers to weigh in on weed.
“I’m not a hippie or a far-out creep with long hair and sandals," wrote the student using the alias UNDECIDED. "I attend a good eastern school and am a law-abiding, peace-loving citizen. I want to ask a serious question and need a direct answer. Is marijuana dangerous? Many of my good friends smoke pot and have advanced some good arguments in favor of it.”
Those friends were way ahead of their time. And hanging out with them was making UNDECIDED realize that 'reefer madness' rhetoric was out-of-touch with reality.
"No one I know who smokes pot will admit to taking anything stronger," he/she wrote. "This discounts the theory that pot smokers often go onto other stuff. They say he only thing wrong with pot is that it is illegal and the law will soon be changed."
But those arguments "cut no mustard" with Landers, who deferred to the opinions of three medical experts that she quoted in her response. One expert warned that smoking marijuana caused "acute psychotic disorganization" that can last "weeks or months" or even "indefinitely."
Another said, “Marijuana is the coward’s approach to dealing with life’s problems. It merely distorts the judgment and delays acting on a solution. Prolonged and continued escape can create serious incapacitation and move a person farther and farther from reality.”
Landers wrapped up her response saying, "I wouldn't expect you to listen to me, but I do hope you listen to them."
So Landers definitely wasn't pro-pot. But she wasn't pro-prison either. In 1999, she penned a stern criticism of America's harsh marijuana laws. Check it out here.
h/t Daily Republic