Pubdate: Fri, 13 Jan 2012
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Dave Lane
Author: Dave Lane


To the Editor,

Re: Prohibitionists losing legal debate, Letters, Jan. 10.

Thank you for publishing Whelm King's letter outlining some of the 
major failings and fallacies of prohibition.

I am tempted to go one step further and ask myself why someone would 
support such a harmful and ridiculous public policy?

I believe the answer is that the staunchest supporters of prohibition 
are people who have a personal problem with drug or alcohol use.

The facts show that approximately four per cent of our population is 
susceptible to addiction to drugs or alcohol and 96 per cent of us 
can use these substances in moderation or not at all.

This addiction characteristic appears to be based on genetic 
predisposition or some learned behaviour patterns.

For those that fall into the four per cent range, it is easier to 
assume that everyone else is just like me rather than admit that they 
have personal genetic or behavioral problem, thus they feel the need 
to prohibit these substances from everyone.

Heal thyself, prohibitionist, and leave the rest of us alone.

Dave Lane

Santa Cruz, CA
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