Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jan 2006
Source: Journal Advocate, The (CO)
Copyright: 2006 MediaNews Group, Inc.
Author: Howard J. Wooldridge


In my 18 years of police experience, I never went to one call
generated by the use of marijuana.

Why? Alcohol releases reckless, aggressive or violent feelings by its
use. Marijuana use generates the opposite effects in the vast majority
of people.

Every major study by the U.S. government has shown it not to be a
gateway drug. Indeed, President Nixon's Shaffer Commission recommended
it be legal, regulated and sold to adults.

Mr. Rice is a believer in the prohibition approach which has made pot
much easier for kids to buy than alcohol. While he was wasting time on
pot, I was arresting hundreds of drunk drivers, saving the lives of
innocent citizens. I challenge him to name one substantive advantage
of prohibition.

Howard J. Wooldridge

Retired Officer, Education Specialist

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Frederick, Md.
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