Pubdate: Oct,  9 Oct 2003
Source: Garden Island (HI)
Contact:  2003 Kauai Publishing Co.
Author: Eleanora K. Dalton
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Re: (TGI, Guest viewpoint, October 3.

We apparently did not learn anything from the prohibition of alcohol. We
have spent billions of dollars on the "War on Drugs". Have we won? No.
We've ruined the lives of thousands of harmless people and their
families. We've filled our prisons (at great expense) until the U.S. now
has more people in prison than any other country.

If all drugs were legalized the price would drop and there'd be no
profit in selling.

Certainly we should penalize appropriately the misuse of drugs by
persons responsible for the lives and safety of others, such as airline
pilots, surgeons, or automobile drivers, as we try to do now with
alcohol abuse. We should provide addiction treatment for those who want

For anyone interested, there is an organization working on this problem:
The Drug Policy Alliance, 70 W. 36th St., 16th Floor, New York, NY
10018., Phone (212) 613-8020. Fax (212) 613-8021.

For the record, I'm 82 years old and my recreational drug is chocolate.

Thanks, Stan!

Eleanora K. Dalton, Lihu'e
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