Pubdate: Tue, 06 May 2008
Source: Sault Star, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 The Sault Star
Author: Robert Sharpe


It would be a mistake to assume that the police state approach to 
public health problems works.

Here in the United States, drug-sniffing dogs and random drug testing 
in schools have led to a loss of civil liberties, while failing 
miserably at preventing drug use.

Marijuana use is higher in the U.S. than any European country, yet 
America is one of the few western countries that punish citizens who 
prefer marijuana to martinis.

Thanks to the war on some drugs, Canada's southern neighbour now has 
the highest incarceration rate in the world.

The drug war is a cultural inquisition, not a public health campaign.

Jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective 
as deterrents.

Can Canada afford to emulate the harm maximization approach of the 
former land of the free and current record holder in citizens incarcerated?

Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, D.C.
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