Pubdate: Sat, 21 Apr 2007
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007 Times Colonist
Author: Richard Moses


Re: "Police can't win drug battle," editorial, April 16.

The editorial inspired a flicker of hope concerning this war that 
can't be won. If I were, again, a callow youth I would stand agog at 
the West's failure to realize -- again (it was tried with alcohol) -- 
that attempting to ban a high-demand commodity won't work.

Continuing this misguided folly results in increased crime, unleashed 
greed, outrageous prices for the substance in question and hideously 
unsafe and out-of-control distribution and consumption.

The statement that "efforts need to be on the demand side," is also 
folly. In a war that can't be won, trying to reduce demand is merely 
one of the battles that can't be won either.

No; efforts need to be on the legalization and control side!

Will no one of influence, including the Times Colonist, have the 
intestinal fortitude to come out and say it?

Richard Moses

Saltspring Island.
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