Pubdate: Thu, 14 Jun 2007
Source: Independent  Florida Alligator, The (FL Edu)
Copyright: 2007 Campus Communications, Inc
Author: James Sinclair
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


It is unfortunate that two UF athletes jeopardized their athletic 
careers by purchasing marijuana. Surely they knew the law and team 
policy, and both policies should have been obeyed.

But I am much more distressed to hear that they were arrested as part 
of a sting operation. Gainesville still has actual crimes with actual 
victims, right? Shouldn't the police department be committed to 
helping people? Preventing victimless crimes does not help anyone.

Whatever your opinion on the morality of drug prohibition may be, I 
hope we can all agree GPD has more important things to do with our 
money than to try to trick people into buying pot.

GPD does a good job keeping Gainesville safe, and apparently it has 
the time, resources and manpower to do an even better job. I have 
e-mailed them asking, as respectfully as possible, that they 
re-evaluate their priorities. If you agree with me, I encourage you 
to do the same.

James Sinclair, UF alumnus
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