Pubdate: Sat, 02 Jun 2007
Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 The Edmonton Journal
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Re: "War on drugs a loser," Editorial, May 26.

The war on drugs was lost before it began. No matter how much money 
we throw down the drug-war rat hole, we will never be able to nullify 
the law of supply and demand.

As long as people want recreational drugs and are willing to pay a 
substantial price for them, somebody will produce these drugs and sell them.

Almost all of our so-called drug-related crime is caused by our 
drug-prohibition policies, not the drugs themselves.

If we legalized all our illegal drugs so that they could be sold by 
licensed and regulated businesses for pennies per dose, would this 
eliminate our drug problems? No.

However, doing so would substantially reduce the crime rate and 
increase public safety. Regulated and controlled drugs would be of 
known purity, known potency and known quality, which would make them 
much safer than today's black-market drugs.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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