Pubdate: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Black Press Contact: http://mapinc.org/url/5n7vJzqp Website: http://drugsense.org/url/zLXtMKI5 Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1361 Author: Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n592/a05.html PROHIBITION JUST DOES NOT WORK This letter is in regards to your editorial in the last paper (The News, Sept. 23). When it comes to drugs, mandatory minimum prison sentences are proven failures. If harsh penalties deterred illicit drug use, Canada's southern neighbor would be a drug-free America. That's not the case. The U.S. drug war has done little other than give the land of the free the highest incarceration rate in the world. If the goal is to discourage unhealthy choices, there are cost-effective alternatives to never-ending drug war. Thanks to public education, legal tobacco use has declined considerably, without any need to criminalize smokers or further enrich drug cartels through tobacco prohibition. Robert Sharpe Washington, D.C. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.