Pubdate: Mon, 16 Dec 2002
Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)
Contact:  2002 Detroit Free Press
Author: Will Tyler White
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


The Dec. 9 letter "Blame city or media for crime?" was short one group to
blame: our legislators. They can all share the blame for perpetuating the
war on drug crimes. 

The only difference between the gangland wars during prohibition and the
current gangland wars from drug prohibition is the enormity and length. This
30-year war is the longest, most expensive and most destructive ever. 

When will the city, the media and our legislators own up to the fact that
history is repeating itself -- and in a big way? 

The remedy is legalization and regulation. Polls show that a majority of
Americans favor medicinal cannabis, and it has already been approved in
eight states. Self medication with commonly available, homegrown remedies
will never stop. 

It is time to stop repeating the mistakes of the past and treat habitual
street drug users like alcoholics, with doctors and hospitals -- not prisons
and guards. 

It is long past time for the city, the media and our legislators to ask: How
soon can we end this destructive drug war and have peace in our cities?

Will Tyler White

Chair, Libertarian Party of Mid-Michigan

East Lansing
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