Pubdate: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 Source: Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Copyright: 2011 The Gainesville Sun Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/yMmn4Ifw Website: http://www.gainesville.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/163 Author: John Chase GET THE FEDS OUT OF THE PROHIBITION BUSINESS Re: William Dicker letter "Marijuana Monopoly" 23 June: Excellent letter. It suggests we do what the 21st Amendment did: Get the feds out of the prohibition business and let the individual states do as they choose. The rub is that marijuana prohibition has become a lucrative industry that alcohol prohibition never was. It enriches the careers, stock portfolios, egos and campaign contributions of pot fighters. It is so entrenched that the feds send money to fight drugs in 28 HIDTAs (High Intensity Drug Fighting Areas) comprising "..approximately 60 percent of the U.S. population," according to CNN this week. Marijuana policy will change only when it becomes more painful for Congress to stay the course than to change. This is what ended alcohol prohibition in 1933 and ended tobacco's unfettered free market in the mid-1990s. But I'm not holding my breath on marijuana. John Chase Palm Harbor - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.