Pubdate: Tue, 16 Oct 2001
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
Copyright: 2001 Asheville Citizen-Times
Author: Jim White

Prohibition Will Fail, As It Always Has

A recent letter writer writes ("Demand for illegal drugs fueling 
terrorists," AC-T, Oct. 12) that he'd like for "...patriotic 'recreational' 
drug users (who) purchase, then puff, snort, or inject an illegal 
substance, (to) think about the fact that you may be buying the bullet that 
kills an American serviceman." Perhaps the author should have considered 
the consequences of prohibition before he supported a policy that turned 
weeds and flowers into gold. Before they were outlawed, those substances 
were worth about as much as lawn clippings. Now, because of drug 
prohibition, not only can the terrorists buy the bullets, but also the 
weapons to fire them. I'd like to know, do the (prohibitionists) of the 
world support drug prohibition because it finances terrorists abroad, or 
because it finances criminal empires on our own soil?

Prohibition didn't work for alcohol, it won't work for drugs, and all the 
patriotic flag waving in the world won't change that fact.

Jim White,

Oregon, OH
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