The following item was received in March 2005 from a drug prevention group in the USA.
The Drug Policy Alliance was formerly known as the Drug Policy Foundation. Chances are high that if your state legislature has a bill to promote “Smoking Marijuana Cigarettes as Medicine,” it was sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance/Foundation.
Under the name, Drug Policy Foundation, the group actually developed a “Safe Crack Smoking Pipe” which was distributed with the following cautionary tips:
“Avoid cut lips”
“Have safer sex”
“Be careful with your stem or pipe”
“Don’t get cut lips! Cuts caused by sharp or hot pipes can expose pipers and others to infections diseases, especially when you have oral sex without a condom, dental dam, or a latex barrier.” (Insight Magazine, 12/97)
The legalizers call this “Harm Reduction.” Parents call it “Harm Promotion.”
Legalizers regularly say they “don’t want children to use drugs; however, recently both the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project have participated in funding/distributing a new book called “It’s Just A Plant” A Children’s Book on Marijuana” that trivializes and even makes marijuana seem like normal behaviour. For more information on this book, go to Drug Policy Alliance (http://www.drugpolicy.org/ ) and type in “It’s Just A Plant.” The child who is the main character in the book appears to be between the ages of 5 – 9. At one point, she exclaims: “Wow! I’m going to plant some marijuana at home!”
Marsha Rosenbaum, a longtime legalizers wrote the “afterward” for the book and currency trader, George Soros, is listed with those who “inspired” the book!