Pubdate: Fri, 30 May 2003
Source: Monroe News-Star (LA)
Copyright: 2003 The News-Star, Gannett
Author: J.A. James
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


I never have and never will use "recreational" drugs like marijuana, 
heroin, opium, cocaine, methamphetamines, etc. I've long agreed these 
should be outlawed, but I've changed my mind because such drugs remain 
readily available despite drug busts, fines and jail time.

It's a modern failed prohibition like the Volstead Act which tried in vain 
to eliminate alcohol use, and like banning tobacco advertising which, by 
and large, has failed to curb smoking. In fact, the federal government is 
scared to death of losing tobacco and alcohol revenues from overtaxation of 

If drugs were sold legally, it would largely eliminate drug wars, drive-by 
shootings and killings over drug deals gone bad, and the big expense - and 
dangers to lawmen - of hunting down drug dealers (and the federal 
government would love the tax revenue).

I doubt if legalization would cause drug use to go up appreciably, 
considering how freely drugs are illegally used now.

The greatest deterrent, of course, would be loving, caring, responsible, 
happily married parents as the greatest example for frustrated, unhappy 
children. My favorite "drug" is fishing on beautiful, natural streams and 

J.A. James, Monroe
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