Pubdate: Fri, 13 Jun 2008
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2008 The Boston Herald, Inc
Author: Robert Sharpe


Alan Lupo's column was right on target ("Drug war as usual is a 
script for surrender," June 9). Just like alcohol prohibition gave 
rise to Al Capone, drug prohibition created the violent 
drug-trafficking organizations blamed for all the killing in Mexico.

U.S. politicians have proven particularly adept at confusing the drug 
war's collateral damage with drugs themselves. Drug prohibition funds 
organized crime at home and terrorism abroad, which is then used to 
justify increased drug war spending.

Regardless of whether we like it, drugs are here to stay. Changing 
human nature is not an option. Reforming harmful drug laws, however, 
is an option, one that Congress should pursue.

Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, D.C.
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