Pubdate: Fri, 12 Dec 2008
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2008 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Robert Sharpe


Re "Prohibition makes no sense" (Froma Harrop column,  Dec.

Yes, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket
legalization. Switzerland's heroin maintenance program has been shown
to reduce disease, death and crime among chronic users. The success
of the Swiss heroin maintenance program has inspired pilot programs
in Canada, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. If expanded,
prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organized crime of a
core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking
unprofitable and spare future generations addiction.

Marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without
the ubiquitous advertising. Separating the hard and soft drug markets
is critical. As long as marijuana distribution is controlled by
organized crime, consumers of the most popular illicit drug will 
continue to come into contact with sellers of addictive drugs like
cocaine and heroin.

This "gateway" is a direct result of marijuana prohibition. Drug
policy reform may send the wrong message to children, but I like to
think the children are more important than the message.

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.
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