Pubdate: Thu, 09 Jan 2003
Source: Daily Herald-Tribune (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003 Daily Herald -Tribune
Author: David Lane


In David Smith's letters he reveals a common characteristic of 
prohibitionists and drug warriors. They are terrified of free choice 
regarding drugs and alcohol. They are to unable to use these substances in 
a responsible manner; therefore, they assume it is not possible for anyone 
else to do so.

The fact is the overwhelming majority of alcohol and cannabis users do so 
in a manner that causes no harm to themselves or to society, and most 
obtain great enjoyment from the act.

When all drugs, including heroin, were legally available at the corner drug 
store less than four per cent of the population had abusive use patterns. 
It is ridiculous to have prohibition laws to protect a very small 
percentage of the population from themselves at detriment to the majority 
caused by violent unregulated black markets, loss of personal liberty, and 
loss of potential tax revenue.

David Lane

Santa Cruz, California
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