Pubdate: Fri, 19 Sep 2003
Source: Herald-Dispatch, The (WV)
Copyright: 2003 The Herald-Dispatch
Source: Herald-Dispatch (WV)
Author: David Lane


In a recent editorial, you stated that "more police are needed to
fight crack." Of course you are correct because there will never be
enough police to win the "war on drugs." Why? Because its unwinnable.

It has been part of human nature as long as we have been on the planet
to ingest mind-altering substances. I don't think anyone should choose
to use cocaine or other drugs.

But if adults have made the decision that this is what they to do with
their time, then I would rather give them all the cocaine they want as
long as they don't bother anyone else about it.

It would certainly be a better lesson for our children to see people
freely act like an idiot by doing a bunch of drugs and possibly
killing themselves than to play the stupid "forbidden fruit" game that
was created by prohibition.

If our children could see the reality of what some drugs can do to
people, do you think they would use them as adults if they were
available in a regulated market? The truth, both good and bad, is
hidden in the dark corners of the black market.

David Lane

Santa Cruz, Calif. 
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