Pubdate: Sun, 10 Feb 2002
Source: New Haven Register (CT)
Copyright: 2002, New Haven Register
Author: Ned Pocengal
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Bravo to Clifford Thornton, who spoke at Branford High School, for exposing 
the drug war for what it is: a miserable failure.

Alcohol prohibition was ended, in part, because it completely failed to 
meet one of its proponents' most dubious claims: that prohibition protects 
young people.

Similarly, today's drug war is responsible for most of the damage 
attributed to currently illegal drugs. One need only look at Connecticut's 
prison population for evidence of the drug war's massive failure.

Drug abuse is a medical problem; drug-related gangs and shootings are 
problems caused by prohibition.

The Branford High students must have found Thornton's arguments very 
refreshing after being inundated with pro-drug war propaganda.

Ned Pocengal, New Haven
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