US NY: LTE: Time to End Prohibition for Drugs? (Letters)
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1 US NY: LTE: Time to End Prohibition for Drugs?Thu, 18 Jun 2009
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Weiner, Robert Area:New York Lines:54 Added:06/18/2009

To the Editor:

Drugs have not "won the war." With a comprehensive anti-drug strategy in place, involving foreign policy, enforcement, education, treatment, prevention and media, America's overall drug use has declined almost by half in the past three decades -- from 14.1 percent of the population in 1979 to 8.3 percent now who used drugs in the past month. In addition, cocaine use, including crack -- the source of much of the former record-high violent crime numbers -- is down 70 percent. Want to go back?

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2 US NY: PUB LTE: Time to End Prohibition for Drugs?Thu, 18 Jun 2009
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Ehrlichman, Sam Area:New York Lines:25 Added:06/18/2009

To the Editor:

Nicholas D. Kristof has it exactly right. When alcohol prohibition ended, the violent bootleggers had the financial rug pulled out from under them. We need to do the same to the Mexican cartels and the Taliban today.

Sam Ehrlichman

Maplewood, N.J.

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3 US NY: PUB LTE: Time to End Prohibition for Drugs?Thu, 18 Jun 2009
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Poeton, Richard Area:New York Lines:40 Added:06/18/2009

To the Editor:

Nicholas D. Kristof makes clear the price paid for the wrongheaded "war on drugs." He notes Norm Stamper's experience as a young police officer in San Diego in 1967 thinking that he could be "doing real police work" rather than breaking down the doors of marijuana users.

I would argue that the failed war on drugs is worse than useless; it has undermined the rule of law. In 1967 I was a young college student encountering the drug culture on an East Coast campus. I had the experience of having my friends arrested and getting midnight calls to bail them out. At that time it was even illegal, where I lived, merely to be in the presence of someone smoking pot.

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4 US NY: PUB LTE: Time to End Prohibition for Drugs?Thu, 18 Jun 2009
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Shainberg, Lawrence Area:New York Lines:26 Added:06/18/2009

To the Editor:

Thanks to Nicholas D. Kristof for saying again what so many have said for years about the war on drugs. Given the evidence that the war on drugs is a futile, tragic disaster, one can only paraphrase what Winston Churchill said about democracy: Decriminalization of drugs is the worst idea, except for all the others.

Lawrence Shainberg

Truro, Mass.

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