Pubdate: Wed, 06 Dec 2000
Source: Times Record News (TX)
Copyright: 2000 The E.W. Scripps Co.
Contact:  1301 Lamar, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Fax: (940)767-1741
Author: Redford Givens


The Times Record News suggests that there is a "mandate" for strict
enforcement of drug laws, but this does not reflect the opinions of voters
in 11 states who have legalized medical marijuana and/or eliminated or
reduced prison time for drug users.

Proposition 200 in Arizona and Proposition 36 in California that eliminate
prison time for drug users passed with landslide majorities of over 60
percent and there is little doubt that voters in other states will follow
their lead if they have the opportunity.

So where's this mythical "mandate" for police to trespass into any area no
matter how much it violates a citizen's privacy?

Redford Givens, San Francisco, via e-mail
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