Pubdate: Tue, 20 Nov 2007
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007 Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about John Chambers' letter titled, Kudos to DARE (The
News, Nov. 16).

Common sense tells us that the DARE program should deter our youth
from using illegal drugs. But it doesn't.

DARE graduates are more likely to use illegal drugs, not

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

Common sense tells us that prohibiting a product should substantially
reduce the use of the product that's prohibited.

Actually, prohibition tends to substantially increase the desire for
the product that's prohibited.

Before marijuana was criminalized in the U. S. via the Marijuana Tax
Act of 1937, the vast majority of Americans had never heard of
marijuana. Now everybody in the U. S. knows what marijuana is and the
U.S. government estimates that at least 90 million Americans have used

About half of all high school students will use marijuana before they

People want what they are told they cannot have - especially children.
The lure of the forbidden fruit is very powerful.

Kirk Muse,

Mesa, Arizona
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