Pubdate: Sun, 26 Jun 2005
Source: Kearney Hub, The (NE)
Copyright: 2005 Kearney Hub Publishing Company
Author: Kirk Muse


Kudos for your outstanding story on Wednesday about Howard Wooldridge of
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: Ex-cop's stop in Kearney part of
push to legalize drugs.

I'd like to add that if tough-on-drugs policies worked, the quixotic
goal of a drug-free America would have been reached a long time ago.

And if tolerant drug policies created more drug use, the Netherlands
would have much higher drug usage rates than the United States. They
do not.

In fact, the Dutch use marijuana and other recreational drugs at much
lower rates than Americans. See the Web site:

And if tolerant drug policies caused more overall crime, especially
violent crime, the Dutch would have much higher crime rates than the
United States. They do not.

The Dutch murder rate is less than one-third the U.S. per capita
murder rate, and their rate of incarceration is about one-seventh the
U.S. incarceration rate.

In the Netherlands, marijuana is sold in coffee shops to adults
without criminal sanctions.

In the United States, marijuana is sold by criminals who often sell
other, much more dangerous drugs, and who often offer free samples of
the more dangerous drugs to their marijuana customers - thus the
gateway effect.

Legalize, regulate and control the sale of marijuana, and we close the

Kirk Muse
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