Pubdate: Sat, 29 Jan 2011
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)
Copyright: 2011 Columbia Daily Tribune
Note: Prints the street address of LTE writers.
Author: Howard Wooldridge


Editor, the Tribune: As a retired police detective who worked in the 
trenches of the drug war for 18 years, I heartily agree with Hank 
Waters that we need to repeal this modern prohibition. Drug 
prohibition has increased crime, death, disease and quite probably 
drug use. I could not see one positive outcome from my position in 
the trenches. The slaughter of innocents at birthday parties in 
Mexico merits a shrug from us. We don't care enough to change policy.

I, for one, have faith that few Americans of any age are going to 
start using heroin or meth or crack if you made them legal and 
regulated. We are not as stupid as police chiefs, sheriffs and 
politicians say we are. And if I am wrong, we can always go back to 
the drug war. As our "thin blue line" gets thinner in Missouri, do 
you really want us to chase the likes of Willie Nelson and Rush Limbaugh?

Howard Wooldridge

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