Pubdate: Wed, 3 Oct 2001
Source: Rock River Times (IL)
Copyright: The Rock River Times 2001
Author: Christopher Palkow


Dear Editor:

Now, perhaps more than ever, there is an even stronger case for changing 
our government's position in the "War On Drugs."

In addition to disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of non-violent 
citizens, wasting our tax dollars on programs that get larger and deliver 
fewer results each year, and helping the spread of corruption among our 
police officers, prohibition of marijuana and other substances creates a 
black market which is an easy source of funding for terrorists.

Yes, that's right Terrorists profit directly from America's "War On 
Drugs."  They grow crops and sell them at the black market's outrageously 
inflated prices.

That's exactly what the Taliban was doing until this year when George 
Dubbya handed over 40 million dollars to coax them to stop. They destroyed 
the crops, but how much do you want to bet they will start right up  after 
Bush pulls any future funding?

Ending "The War On Drugs" would remove the threat of prison from people who 
don't belong there, generate tax dollars that aren't there now, and pull 
money right out of terrorists' pockets.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Christopher Palkow

Norfolk, Va
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