Pubdate: Thu, 06 Nov 2008
Source: Santa Barbara Independent, The (CA)
Copyright: 2008 The Santa Barbara Independent, Inc.
Author: Kirk Muse


I'm writing about Rick Roney's not-so-thoughtful letter, "No on Prop.
5" [10/29/08,].

Addiction is usually not a problem unless the substance people are
addicted to is illegal. Lots of people are addicted to products
containing caffeine, myself included. I could quit if I wanted to, but
I don't want to.

Addiction to coffee containing caffeine is affordable for most

Almost nobody has to rob, steal, or commit acts of prostitution to
purchase coffee.

Criminalize coffee and the situation would soon change. Then coffee
would be untaxed, unregulated, controlled by criminals, and very
expensive-just like marijuana is today. How would coffee consumers
feel if their beverage of choice was criminalized by our nanny-state

Probably the same way marijuana consumers feel today.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Arizona
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