Pubdate: Sun, 26 Sep 2010
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Joel Olney
Author: Joel Olney


Legalize marijuana. The 40-year war on drugs has been a dismal failure
and worse. In 1972, the war on drugs was raging in towns around Mexico
City with no result except to enrich the drug cartels and kill
innocent and not so innocent folks.

The war on drugs has caused the crime that surrounds illegal products
like marijuana. Eighty percent of the cartel income comes from
marijuana sales to the United States.

It is the demand and use for drugs in the United States

is the cause of this crime, these crime syndicates and the deaths of
tens of thousands of both the innocent and guilty.

It is for this reason marijuana should be legalized and quickly. This
simple act would cripple the cartels by removing 80 percent of their

Joel Olney

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