Pubdate: Wed, 14 May 2008
Source: Ingersoll Times (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 Annex Publishing & Printing Inc.
Author: Robert Sharpe


Re. High school students have right to privacy, May 7 editorial

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 in schools and random drug testing 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 neighbor now has 
the highest incarceration rate in the world. The drug war is a 
cultural inquisition, not a public health campaign. Criminal records 
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?

The results of a comparative study of European and U.S. rates of drug 
use can be found at:

United Nations stats:

Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC
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