Pubdate: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 Source: Boston Herald (MA) Copyright: 2010 The Boston Herald, Inc Contact: http://news.bostonherald.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/53 Author: Robert Sharpe Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n1047/a04.html JUST A LOST CAUSE The drug war is largely a war on marijuana smokers ("With billions wasted, war on weed is pound foolish," Dec. 19). In 2009, there were 858,405 marijuana arrests in the U.S., almost 90 percent for simple possession. At a time when state and local governments are laying off police, firefighters and teachers, this country continues to spend enormous resources criminalizing Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis. The result of this ongoing culture war is not necessarily lower rates of use. Decriminalization is long overdue. Taxing and regulating marijuana would render the drug war obsolete. Robert Sharpe, Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, D.C.