Pubdate: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT) Copyright: 2008 The Billings Gazette Contact: http://www.billingsgazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/515 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n1147/a05.html Author: Howard J. Wooldridge MARIJUANA PROHIBITION RESEMBLES 55-MPH LIMIT As a retired police officer, I understand where my colleague, DEA agent Dunlap (Dec. 20 guest opinion), is coming from regarding marijuana prohibition. I enforced the 55 mph speed limit my entire 18-year career. It was a bad law and generated huge amounts of disrespect for law, as tens of millions of citizens circumvented the law by buying radar detectors. Marijuana prohibition is quite similar; 100 million have smoked it, though none has died as a result. DEA Dunlap defends prohibition because it is his paycheck on the line. Without the prohibition of drugs, he is on the street looking for a job in a bad economy. He knows that tobacco and alcohol will kill at a roughly 40-to-1 ratio vs. illegal drugs. How dangerous a drug can be has never been the issue. Follow the money. Officer Howard J. Wooldridge (retired) education specialist, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Washington, D.C.