Opinion – Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question – NYTimes.com – John Gelmini

I tend to agree with Dr Alf. Both Alcohol or Marijuana are bad, although modern versions of cannabis, such as Skunk are 7 times stronger than the versions that those of Dr Alf’s generation might have been exposed to in their youth.

Skunk is a cause of severe depression and severe mental illness and cannot be taken in moderation.

Alcohol can be taken as wine with meals, as long as it is done in moderation. Indeed, a glass of red wine is good for the health.

To my mind, drugs have never been effectively tackled other than in Singapore, where the penalty is death, so it is really a matter of political will and effective policing which is clearly lacking for reasons about which one can only speculate.

John Gelmini