Pubdate: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Copyright: 2011 Los Angeles Times Contact: http://www.latimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/248 Author: Jeff Berke TIME FOR A CHANGE Re "Neither high nor dry," Opinion, Oct. 5 Kevin A. Sabet argues that the country's disastrous experience with alcohol prohibition does not stand as an example of why the war on drugs must change. He misses a very basic point. The reason Prohibition didn't work and why the laws against drugs don't work is the same: People's desire to alter their consciousness, whether through alcohol or what are classified as "drugs," will not go away simply because of a law. In a country where individual freedom is cherished above virtually everything else, it is time to do away with the draconian drug laws that violate our freedom to make choices in our lives, even when the choices are bad ones. Jeff Berke Los Angeles - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.