LETTER OF THE WEEK
DEMAND SUPPLIED; DRUG LORDS WINNING
Regarding Jim Kennedy’s April 6 letter, “War on drugs showing no progress,” there is an obvious demand for drugs.
The black market will sell as much as possible for the highest price possible. This has created an endless international stream that has captured most of the attention and resources of our law enforcement, judicial system, and penal institutions. Investigating, arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating people for drug offenses that don’t involve victims is a waste of time and taxpayer money. Mere possession or use of a drug should not be a criminal offense.
Actually, incarcerating young people with long sentences can be more damaging than the use of the drug. Outlawing of drugs has not made them magically go away, yet more than a half-million Americans are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses. The “war on drugs” has waged for more than 40 years with no success. All we have managed to do is make drug lords richer, ourselves poorer, and our prisons fuller.
Pubdate: Fri, 30 Apr 2010
Source: Columbian, The (WA)