Cartoon on marijuana ignores important facts

The Feb. 2 editorial cartoon by Steve Sack suggests that no one has died from smoking marijuana. While I cannot dispute that, does the cartoonist take into account the number of deaths caused as a result of persons being under the influence of marijuana? How deep was his research into those facts? He foolishly disregards the fact that under the influence of marijuana, judgment is impaired, perceptions are distorted, actions are out of the ordinary and behavior is suspect, just to name a few.

While I am conflicted in regard to the legalization of marijuana, it is only because of the disproportionate number of African-Americans encumbered with prison records because of possessing small amounts of it. This cartoonist has mixed fact with truth to blind us to the effects and affects of marijuana smoking.

Martha M. Connor