Pubdate: Thu, 09 Jun 2011
Source: Colorado Springs Independent (CO)
Copyright: 2011 Colorado Springs Independent
Author: Robert Sharpe, Common Sense for Drug Policy


Regarding Bryce Crawford's June 2 CannaBiz column ("Keef crumbs"), 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 ID for age, but they do recruit
minors immune to adult sentences.

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

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.
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