LeRoy Coleman, Press Secretary for Senator Norm Coleman, has issued the following statement in response to an open letter on a website criticizing Coleman’s position on marijuana policy in light of his own use of the drug while in college:
“There’s nothing normal about NORML, but, that’s really not the point. It is a well known fact that years ago, as a college student, he smoked marijuana. Years later, with the hindsight of maturity, he realizes that it was a dangerous time in his life and could well have had seriously negative consequences on his health and on those around him.
“The impact of drugs today — the level of poisons in marijuana on the streets today — and drugs like crack and meth — are killing our children and destroying communities. The adults who lead NORML today should be joining the Senator, and those who now know the dangers of drugs, to do the responsible thing to prevent legalization of drugs of any kind that could harm the lives and future of our children.”