Pubdate: Sat, 4 Jul 2009
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2009 Los Angeles Times
Author: Mike Foster


Re "Same drug war, new border," Column One, June 30

Keeping a high-demand product's prices artificially high, in a 
prohibited state, creates an underworld economy in which disputes are 
settled through violence rather than bureaucracy and legal recourse.

I'd like to thank the United States for continually trying the same 
approach to drugs, draconian enforcement above all, and expecting the 
results to get better.

We can't keep drugs out of prisons; how do you expect them to be kept 
out of an open society?

Maybe it's time to try something else, until there's a full-blown 
gang war on both your borders. Remember how they stopped the 
bootleggers in the '30s?

Mike Foster

Laval, Canada 
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