Pubdate: Fri, 23 Nov 2001
Source: Rock River Times (IL)
Copyright: The Rock River Times 2001
Author: Dan Litwin


Dear Editor:

Kirk Muse (letters) asks politicians and other drug warriors the question: 
"Do you support drug prohibition because it finances criminals at home or 
because it finances terrorists abroad?"

Nicely put. But let's add to the list. Perhaps you support drug prohibition 
because it also: guarantees payola for corrupt police, border guards and 
politicians; justifies further eroding the Bill of Rights (especially 
limits on search & seizure); makes drugs available to minors (gangs don't 
check ID); tempts inner-city youth into a life of violence (running drug 
$); and keeps medical marijuana from helping cancer and AIDS patients. I 
could go on and on.

If people hurt themselves, it's no excuse to hurt everyone else. No matter 
how bad drugs are, prohibition has proven far worse. It's past time to stop 
the denial. Prohibition is suicidal policy.

Dan Litwin
San Diego, Calif.
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