Pubdate: Fri, 26 Nov 2010
Source: Garden Island (Lihue, HI)
Copyright: 2010 Ralph Tamm
Author: Ralph Tamm


I expected a lot of flack with regard to the War on Drugs letter I 
wrote ("Let drug-users be," Nov. 19). Since the war's implementation 
the devastation has escalated into a severe problem because of the 
plunder achieved by the unsavory elements that provide these 
restricted products. They hook the unwary into using drugs because 
it's profitable. This is why the War on Drugs cannot be won and it 
will only get worse if we continue on our present course.

We forget the history of the War on Booze (Prohibition) declared 
early in the twentieth century. The same thing happened that we are 
now witnessing with the War on Drugs - the unsavory elements made 
fortunes on the distribution of these restricted products. The more 
booze confiscated the more valuable the remaining stash, thus 
increasing the plunder, which is the same for drugs. The Drug War is 
far worse than the War on Booze because it's worldwide.

Please re-read my letter and try to understand my thinking on the 
stupidities of our present course of action. The big picture is far 
more important than the many individual drug-related cases if we wish 
to find a solution.

I have no ulterior motive as suggested.

Ralph Tamm, Lihu'e
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