Pubdate: Tue, 09 Dec 2003
Source: Fort Saskatchewan Record, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003 The Fort Saskatchewan Record
Author: Kirk Muse,
Note: Headline by MAP


I'm writing about: "Looking For Hard Data on DARE"

Common sense dictates that the DARE program should deter drug use. But
it doesn't.

Common sense dictates that the Earth is at the center of the universe
and our solar system. But it's not.

Common sense tells us that prohibiting a product reduces the use of
the product prohibited. Actually, drug prohibition has proven to be
counter-productive and substantially increase drug use.

Before marijuana was prohibited in the United States via the Marijuana
Tax Act of 1937, the vast majority of Americans had never heard of

Today everybody in the United States knows what marijuana is, and the
U. S. government estimates that at least 76 million Americans have
used it. About half of all high school students will use it before
they graduate.

It is human nature for people to want what they are told they cannot
have, especially children. The "forbidden fruit" appeal is very powerful.

No other nation on the planet has spent more of its resources on
fighting drug abuse nor imprisoned more of its citizens for drug law
violations than the United States. Yet, no other nation has been less
successful than the United States in solving its drug abuse problems.

My advice for Canada and the rest of the world, carefully observe U.
S. drug policy--then do the opposite.

Don't follow us--we're lost.

Kirk Muse

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