Pubdate: Fri, 04 Mar 2011
Source: Mountain Mail, The (Salida, CO)
Copyright: 2011 Arkansas Valley Publishing
Author: Robert Sharpe


Dear Editor:

Regarding your Feb. 25 editorial, not only should medical marijuana be
made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should
be regulated.

Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a
youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't identify 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 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 MPA,

Common Sense for Drug Policy  
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