Pubdate: Thu, 06 Nov 2003
Source: Santa Maria Sun, The (CA)
Copyright: 2003 Santa Maria Sun
Author: Mel Marshall
Cited: Drug Crazy by Mike Gray,
Cited: Media Awareness Project,
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)


Thank you for printing letters suggesting serious changes to our drug 
policies. It is good to see people taking an appreciation for justice on 
this issue, particularly marijuana prohibition.

I've been watching the War on Drugs for about seven years now, and I think 
I can sum it up like this: Drug laws began in the late 1800s as a way to 
control minorities ("Drug Crazy", a 200-page book by Mike Gray, explains it 
all very well). It continues because certain people are making a large 
amount of money from the lucrative Black Market.

America's drug policies should be completely overhauled to be based on 
science and medicine, not fear and profit. Please ask your congresspeople 
to consider legalization and regulation. Drug abuse is a personal and 
medical problem, not a judicial one, just like alcohol abuse and nicotine 

Unfortunately, the common belief that the War on Drugs is saving us all 
from utter destruction is keeping many people in the government employed. 
But even the pro-Drug War people should be mad at how much drug activity 
there is despite spending billions and arresting millions.

Also, chemical abuse is the real problem, because kids use legal and 
accessible things all the time to get a high, and those inhalants might be 
the most damaging thing they can do to their body's chemistry.

A great source of Drug War news:

When we have more facts and justice, we'll have a more free and responsible 
society. Go Libertarians!

Mel Marshall, Lakewood
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