Pubdate: Mon, 26 Apr 2004
Source: LSU Reveille (LA Edu)
Copyright: 2004, LSU Reveille
Author: Robert Sharpe


Regarding Bradley Aldrich's 4/20 column, the drug war is in large part a 
war on marijuana, by far the most popular illicit drug. Punitive marijuana 
laws have little, if any, deterrent value.

The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Study reports that 
lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the United States than any European 
country, yet America is one of the few Western countries that uses its 
criminal justice system to punish citizens who prefer marijuana to martinis.

The short-term health effects of marijuana are inconsequential compared to 
the long-term effects of criminal records. Unfortunately, marijuana 
represents the counterculture to many Americans.

In subsidizing the prejudices of culture warriors, the U.S. government is 
subsidizing organized crime.

The drug war's distortion of immutable laws of supply and demand make an 
easily grown weed literally worth its weight in gold.

The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and 
shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who've built careers on confusing drug 
prohibition's collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant.

The big losers in this battle are the American taxpayers deluded into 
believing big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional 
consensual vices.

Students who want to help end the intergenerational culture war, otherwise 
known as the war on some drugs, should contact Students for Sensible Drug 
Policy at

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, DC 
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