From Mr William Thayer.
Sir, With reference to “Drugs policy enters a brave new world” (Editorial, January 4): one of my friends is a former supervisor of a chip manufacturing company. He had plenty of experience with marijuana users. As he described it: “Some of the kids come out of tech school and are terrific producers.” Then their production starts to drop as some start using marijuana. The company gets them in a drug rehabilitation programme of about three months. Of course, many relapse back to marijuana again. The company will try the programme three times and then fire the drug user (about 70 per cent are fired).
One of the effects of marijuana is lethargy and lack of ambition. Unfortunately, the experience in my extended family is similar. A formerly stellar student turned into a dropout. Fortunately, he does drugs no more. However, this course is going to be undermined by approval in Colorado and Washington.
Not only is there going to be a loss in productivity, there are going to be increased health costs. Marijuana smoking is 10 times as dangerous as regular smoking. The cost of treating lung and throat cancer is going up in Colorado.
William Thayer, San Diego, CA, US
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