Pubdate: Sat, 04 May 2002
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Copyright: 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: Dennis M. Jones


Bill McClellan's April 29 column, "Failed narcotics bust once again shows 
the futility of drug war," provided a most intelligent proposal for 
handling the drug problem in America.

Generally, I do not agree with McClellan's views, but in this case I agree 
with him and take an unusual exception to my conservative friends who want 
to fill our jails with the offenders.

Our jails are full of people who are no different in using marijuana than 
those of us who socially drink alcohol or take tranquilizers to alter our 
state of mind.

I would encourage the Post-Dispatch to provide more coverage on the 
movement to utilize McClellan's approach to the drug problem in America by 
legalizing marijuana and by stopping at the source the hard drugs coming 
into the country.

Dennis M. Jones

St. Louis
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