I wish to commend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio for his episcopal letter, “Marijuana Is Very Dangerous,” published in The Tablet earlier this month.
As both a bishop and social worker, DiMarzio speaks well of the adverse effects of marijuana on the mental health of youth and adults. Particularly alarming is the strong association between adolescent use with the development of the psychotic disorder of schizophrenia in adulthood.
In view of Mayor Bill de Blasio's public policies on education and mental health, it is absolutely irrational to decriminalize and legalize a toxic substance that is a public health hazard to users and non-users alike.
If his Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks it is sound public policy to legalize a recreational marijuana industry for tax revenue, he should be fired immediately.
Joseph N. Manago