Pubdate: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Copyright: 2010 Metro Times, Inc Contact: http://www.metrotimes.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1381 Author: Robert Sharpe LEGALIZE IT Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children. And throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime. Taxing and regulating marijuana, the most popular illicit drug, is a cost-effective alternative to never-ending drug war. As long as marijuana distribution is controlled by organized crime, consumers will continue to come into contact with hard drugs. Robert Sharpe, policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, D.C.