Pubdate: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 Source: StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Copyright: 2011 The StarPhoenix Contact: http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/letters.html Website: http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/400 Author: Stephen Fritz Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n598/a03.html?1435 WRONG SOLUTION Re: Dealers targeted (SP, Sept. 26). Drugs are not a criminal problem. They are a social problem and need to be treated as such. Prohibition creates violent black markets, as evidenced by Prohibition in the 1930s. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said himself that organized crime makes most of its money by selling prohibited goods. Yet, instead of legalizing marijuana as liquor was, he wants higher penalties. This causes prices to rise due to the risk, even though it doesn't cost more to grow it. Therefore, suppliers make more money. A small time marijuana dealer who is arrested will get one year in jail, minimum. He is far more likely to come out better connected with other criminals and hardened to life. Drugs don't harm anyone except those who choose to use them. Why are marijuana and Ecstasy prohibited while alcohol and caffeine are legal? It's certainly not based on their addictive qualities or health concerns. The government's Safe Streets and Communities law will cost Canada billions in building prisons and enforcement. America has already shown the world this system will fail. The only way to stop the supply is to stop the demand. Considering the hard capitalist stance of the Conservatives, you'd think they'd realize this. Stephen Fritz Saskatoon - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.