Pubdate: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 Source: Parry Sound North Star (CN ON) Copyright: 2012 Metroland Media Group Ltd. Contact: http://www.cottagecountrynow.ca/community/parrysound Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1618 Author: Howard Wooldridge, Detective/Officer (retired), Co-Founder of LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition PROHIBITION NOT THE RIGHT ANSWER (Re: Ex-cop overwhelmed by letter. Published February 15 cottagecountrynow.ca) Speaking as a retired police detective, I learned up close and personal the horrific damage done by drug prohibition and the use/abuse of drugs. My colleague, Rick Dalton, was, I am sure, a fine officer but he must have flunked history and economics. Drug prohibition causes the massive crime we must deal with. The use of marijuana generated zero calls for service during my 18 years on the street. The use of alcohol generated about 1,300 calls including rape, child abuse, murder, suicide, assault, etc. Still, marijuana is too dangerous to leave its production and sale in the hands of criminals, gangs and teenagers...as those encouraging prohibition want to do. Howard Wooldridge Detective/Officer (retired) Co-Founder of LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Washington, DC - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.