Pubdate: August 27, 1998
Source: Toronto Sun (Canada)
Author: Peter Webster


RE "A padlock on crime" (Aug. 24): Your article notes, "Crime-busting MPP
Jim Brown says the province will unveil a plan this fall to padlock known
crackhouses." In the U.S. in the 1920s, the speakeasies were also frequently
padlocked in big "crime sweeps."

Perhaps an exaggeration ad absurdum of drug prohibition will finally reveal
to the public the reason why crackhouses exist in the first place.

Peter Webster International Journal of Drug Policy Le Sienne France

(Then, as now, the only people who benefitted from prohibition were the

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