Pubdate: Sun, 1 Mar 2009
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2009 The Dallas Morning News, Inc.
Author: Gene Johnson


Re: "Is it time to legalize? There are questions to answer before we 
do anything, says Tod Robberson," Wednesday Viewpoints.

People who support the prohibition of drugs have funded a plethora of 
criminal organizations for decades. Even if the prohibition was ended 
tomorrow, those cartels will still have hundreds of millions to 
continue their criminal activities.

That is the legacy of the drug war.

Once drugs are legal, drug prices will plummet, and there goes their 
enormous profits. There are a variety of safeguards that will address 
Robberson's legitimate concerns over how to implement the repeal of 
prohibition, but even if there weren't, we as a nation must live up 
to our own ideals.
We must recognize that putting people in prison for making personal 
decisions as to what or what not to put in their own bodies is wrong.

Gene Johnson, Dallas