Pubdate: Fri, 30 Sep 2005
Source: Daily Campus, The (UConn, CT Edu)
Copyright: 2005 ThesDaily Campus
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about Emily Groff's column: "War On Drugs Inadequate" 
(9-29-05). If tough-on-drugs policies worked, the quixotic goal of a 
drug-free America would have been reached a long time ago. And if 
tolerant drug policies created more drug use, the Netherlands would 
have much higher drug usage rates than the United States.

They do not. In fact, the Dutch use marijuana and other recreational 
drugs at much lower rates than Americans do. See the web site:

And if tolerant drug policies caused more overall crime, especially 
violent crime, the Dutch would have much higher crime rates than the 
United States. They do not. The Dutch murder rate is less than one- 
third the U.S. per capita murder rate and their rate of incarceration 
is about one-seventh the U.S. incarceration rate. In the Netherlands, 
marijuana is sold to adults, without criminal sanctions, in coffee shops.

In the United States, marijuana is sold by criminals who often sell 
other, much more dangerous drugs, and offer free samples of the more 
dangerous drugs to their marijuana customers - thus the gateway effect.

Legalize, regulate and control the sale of marijuana and we close the 
gateway. Legalize all types of recreational drugs and sell them in 
licensed business establishments, and we will make the term "drug- 
related crime" obsolete.

Kirk Muse
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