Letter Of The Week


Re: “Perry backs drug war troops – Military should be an option if
Mexico approves, he says, because stronger tactics needed,” Friday
news story. Gov. Rick Perry wants to send American kids to Mexico to
risk being seriously injured or killed fighting drug gangs.

The reason for this fight is largely to keep these same kids from
smoking a plant that has never killed anyone in 5,000 years of
recorded use. In contrast, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001
and put the money saved on law enforcement into education and medical

Crime, drug use by teenagers, HIV, overdoses and heroin use all declined.

The percentage of Portuguese who have ever used marijuana dropped to
the lowest in the European Union, 10 percent.

The American rate is about 40 percent. What is Perry drinking?

Suzanne Wills, Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Dallas

Pubdate: Wed, 24 Nov 2010

Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)

Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n000/a061.html