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Monday, November 22, 2004

Prohibition fails our kids...AGAIN!

The Mobile Register is reporting that students in Baldwin County have rates of drug use higher than the national average.
Read the story and then read the following LTE that I just submitted.
The following LTE has been submitted to the Mobile Register.
Dear Editor,

This is in response to (27% of Baldwin students used drugs).

This article is a classic example of how prohibition fails our children. For over 30 years our country has fought the “drug war” with no noticeable gains. Millions of American citizens locked in prison, billions of dollars spent federalizing the local police, millions of lives destroyed. What we have given up as far as the bill of rights and privacy is immeasurable. Today drugs are more widely available than ever before.

Yet almost daily we see stories like this one. Despite that most people will clamor loudly that we need more funding for police, more funding for school drug testing, more funding for DARE and loss of more of our rights.

I would like to remind people that the definition of insanity is:

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Let’s face it. People have been fooled into paying for their worst nightmare. Perhaps they do not realize it. Maybe fear keeps them from thinking rationally.

Prohibition does not keep kids away from drugs. In fact, it does just the opposite.

Because of prohibition criminals control the market.

If a child decides that they want to smoke marijuana they can go to any drug dealers house and get some. They might be offered harder drugs like cocaine or meth. They don’t have to go into a well-lit business establishment and face down the clerk who asks for ID.

The drug dealer won’t ask kid’s for ID. The drug dealer, out to make money, doesn’t care how old their customers are.

But the most frightening aspect of the drug war as it relates to children is that if we allow prohibition to continue then it is OUR CHILDREN who will be the next generation of prison inmates. Are you willing to allow the government to sacrifice your kids in order to keep from admitting that they have been wrong all along?

I’m not.

It is time to try a new approach to drugs altogether. Perhaps one that does not involve law enforcement or the criminal injustice system as neither of those institutes is equipped to properly deal with a health and social issue.

Respectfully Submitted,

Loretta Nall

Alabama Marijuana Party


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