Pubdate: Tue, 06 Dec 2005
Source: Columbian, The (WA)
Copyright: 2005 The Columbian Publishing Co.
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about David S. Danback's Nov. 24 letter, "Why allow 
tobacco sales?" The simple answer is because prohibition doesn't 
work. It never has and never will except to provide for the full 
employment of those doing the prohibiting.

We don't have tobacco-related crime of any major significance. This 
would soon change if we removed tobacco from the legitimate market 
and criminalized it. If tobacco were criminalized, it would be 
unregulated, untaxed and controlled by criminal gangs just like 
recreational drugs are today.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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