Alison Holcomb, the drug policy director of the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter and I-502’s campaign manager, said she’s as concerned as anyone else about the public-health ramifications of legal marijuana, and that’s why the initiative requires new surveys of drug use among teens and earmarks money for substance abuse prevention and treatment.
And, she said, Kennedy and Sabet offer no suggestions for dealing with the dangerous black market that supplies the nation’s vigorous appetite for pot.
Frum said that given the social ills caused by alcohol and tobacco use, no one should be arguing for legal marijuana.
‘‘There are not a lot of voices saying you should smoke more tobacco, it’s a cure for what ails you,’’ Frum said. ‘‘There aren’t people saying we should raise the DUI limit from 0.08 to 0.12. People who use alcohol and tobacco understand they’re doing something risky. That’s not the message about marijuana, and that’s an unfortunate situation.
‘‘What we should all want is to see fewer young people with criminal records and fewer young people using drugs.’’
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