Pubdate: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Copyright: 2011 Sun-Times Media, LLC Contact: http://mapinc.org/url/5QwXAJWY Website: http://www.suntimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/81 Author: Dan Linn, Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Referenced: http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/6753027-474/editorial-toni-preckwinkle-targets-waste-in-drug-war.html TIME TO END CANNABIS PROHIBITION Thank you for your editorial supporting Toni Preckwinkle's call for an end to the wasteful spending fueling the war on drugs ["Toni Preckwinkle targets waste in drug war," Thursday]. Alcohol prohibition failed, yet America's war on drugs keeps on going while yielding the same results -- corruption and gang violence. Moreover, the negative social costs of alcohol are far greater than cannabis. Violence along the Mexican-American border is similar to the violence that occurred on the Canadian-American border during Prohibition. Cannabis prohibition is the foundation for the war on drugs, but it is slowly being eroded by politicians like Preckwinkle who know that if this country wants to move forward we need to stop treating addiction with the criminal justice system and start looking toward other alternatives. Dan Linn - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.