I appreciate the items in The Inquirer [“Task force reacts to marijuana law change” and “Zero tolerance, scare tactics won’t help curb underage drinking,” Sept. 6] dealing with marijuana decriminalization and failed zero tolerance practices. Scarsdale, and many other school districts, have done a terrific job of educating students as to the dangers of smoking cigarettes, as well as the risks of alcohol and other substances that can be abused. We are way ahead of many developed countries in this one area, and we’ve accomplished this without creating the expense and dangers of organized crime, even if you consider certain tobacco companies as an example of organized crime. Let’s not stall the progress with well-meaning but misguided beliefs that unenforceable rules or laws help.
MICHAEL OTTEN, Ph.D.
Former Scarsdale School Board member and president