Pubdate: Wed, 24 Nov 2010
Source: Austin American-Statesman (TX)
Copyright: 2010 Austin American-Statesman
Author: Allan Erickson


Harmish McKenzie pokes a good hole in the myths of the drug war in 
his excellent Nov. 20 column, "How to wage a successful war on drugs."

When the "land of the free" becomes "the land of the most 
incarcerated," we have erred grievously. When the results of the drug 
war are examined, we find a situation more racist in its present 
state than in its founding: We now incarcerate young black males at a 
rate seven times greater per capita than did South Africa under their 
universally condemned policy of apartheid.

Prohibition will always fail. We must re-legalize all drugs in order 
to remove the cartels' grasp on the golden-egg-laying goose of prohibition.

- - Allan Erickson, Eugene, Ore.
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