Pubdate: Wed, 04 Jan 2012
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)
Copyright: 2012 Battle Creek Enquirer
Author: Greg Francisco


Your report of the misdirected marijuana delivery got me thinking 
("Delivery problems," Dec. 27). Why don't we hear similar stories 
about wayward tobacco, whiskey and Viagra shipments? Could it be 
because those recreational drugs are legally sold by licensed retail 
outlets right down the street? No one is forced to resort to 
clandestine channels.

Cannabis prohibition violates the law - the law of supply and demand. 
A willing buyer will always find a willing seller. That's Econ 101. 
The only question is the price and the lengths they will go to.

We call marijuana a controlled substance and prohibit it. But that 
doesn't make the manufacture and distribution of marijuana go away. 
Prohibition just drives marijuana underground where we have no 
control over it whatsoever.

The best way to control marijuana is to end marijuana prohibition so 
that responsible adults can buy it from responsible vendors. Vendors 
who check ID and don't depend on the vagaries of UPS to deliver.

Greg Francisco

Paw Paw
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