Pubdate: Thu, 21 Oct 2010
Source: Press of Atlantic City, The (NJ)
Copyright: 2010 South Jersey Publishing Co.
Author: Robert Sharpe


Regarding the Oct. 12 editorial, "Medical marijuana/ Reasonable

Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in
need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies
modeled after 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.

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. For addictive drugs
like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to
increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. 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 a never-ending drug war. As long as
marijuana distribution is controlled by organized crime, consumers
will continue to come into contact with hard drugs like
methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. This "gateway" is a direct result
of marijuana prohibition.

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

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