Pubdate: Sat, 05 Nov 2011
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2011 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Todd Olson


How low can drug cartels sink? I thought the worst was when I heard 
about drug dealers making meth in strawberry and grape flavors to 
lure children in grade school to use drugs. Now the cartels are using 
11- and 12-year-olds to move the drugs around, calling them "expendables."

The war on drugs has never worked. The only way to end the cartels' 
reign of death and addiction is to legalize and tax drugs. Use the 
taxes to pay off national debt and the cost of treatment for addicts.

Our nation's prisons are warehouses for drug and alcohol offenders. 
It takes a lot more money to build prisons than treatment centers.

Take the power away from the cartels and give it to the people. The 
time is now to take back our streets and neighborhoods. Legalize and 
tax drugs to build treatment centers for the addicts. Once the profit 
is gone, the cartels will be, too.

/--- Todd Olson, Lodi/
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