Pubdate: Mon, 23 Jul 2001
Source: Log Cabin Democrat (AR)
Copyright: The Log Cabin Democrat
Author: Alan Randell
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


I couldn't agree with you more that the best way to minimize the harm 
of drugs is knowledge.

The best way to ensure that users and those who may be contemplating 
becoming users are fully informed about the properties of various 
drugs is to legalize all drugs.

Legalization has other benefits too. Users will be able to purchase 
cheap, clean, quality tested drugs, courts and jails would become 
less jammed, organized crime's power would be weakened and the spread 
of dangerous diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis would be severely 
curtailed. Oh, yes, legalizing drugs would once more push law 
enforcement back outside the boundaries defined by the Bill of Rights.

There is no more reason to punish drug users and dealers today than 
there was in the past to hang witches, lynch blacks or gas Jews.
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