Pubdate: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 Source: Times, The (Munster IN) Copyright: 2012 The Munster Times Contact: http://www.nwitimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/832 Author: Howard Wooldridge, Co-Founder of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). MARIJUANA PROHIBITION DRAINS LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES Writing as a retired Michigan street cop, you need to rethink your support for marijuana prohibition. Per the feds (and ask any teen), marijuana is today readily available, and most teens can buy pot easier than alcohol. Worse, as my colleagues chase a green plant, we miss pedophiles raping our kids. Most marijuana retail sales are handled by teens, getting them shot and killed. Medical experts will tell you that more teens try marijuana because of the glamor of the "forbidden fruit" than are deterred by another factor. I challenge you to list all the advantages of marijuana prohibition and leaving its production amid sales in the hands of criminals and kids. All government research shows marijuana is not a gateway drug. Even if true, how does its prohibition help kids? - - Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Washington, D.C. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.