Pubdate: Wed, 26 Dec 2007
Source: Rensselaer Republican, The (IN)
Copyright: 2007 The Rensselaer Republican
Author: Kirk Muse


To the Editors of the Rensselaer Republican:

I'm writing about: "Program DARES' to save lives" (12-19-07).

Common sense tells us that the DARE program should deter our youth
from using illegal drugs. But it doesn't. DARE graduates are more
likely to use illegal drugs--not less.

Common sense tells us that the Earth is the center of the universe and
our solar system. But it's not.

Common sense tells us that prohibiting a product should substantially
reduce the use of the product that's prohibited. Actually, prohibition
tends to substantially increase the desire for the product that's prohibited.

Before marijuana was criminalized in the U. S. via the Marijuana Tax
Act of 1937, the vast majority of Americans had never heard of
marijuana. Now everybody in the U. S. knows what marijuana is and the
U.S. government estimates that at least 90 million Americans have used
it. About half of all high school students will use marijuana before
they graduate. People want what they are told they cannot
have--especially children.

The lure of the "forbidden fruit" is very powerful.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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