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News (Media Awareness Project) - US WA: PUB LTE: Cease-Fire in 'War' Sorely Overdue
Title:US WA: PUB LTE: Cease-Fire in 'War' Sorely Overdue
Published On:2011-09-25
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA)
Fetched On:2011-09-26 06:02:03

Regarding David Sirota's Sept. 18 online column, "University of
Hypocrisy": The drug war is largely a war on marijuana smokers. In
2010, there were 853,839 marijuana arrests in the United States,
almost 90 percent for simple possession. At a time when state and
local governments are laying off police, firefighters and teachers,
this country continues to spend enormous public resources
criminalizing Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis. The end
result of this ongoing culture war is not necessarily lower rates of use.

The U.S. has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands,
where marijuana is legally available. Decriminalization is a long
overdue step in the right direction. Taxing and regulating marijuana
would render the drug war obsolete. As long as organized crime
controls distribution, marijuana consumers will come into contact
with sellers of hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
This "gateway" is a direct result of marijuana prohibition.

Robert Sharpe Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, D.C.
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