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Date: Wed, 22 Jun 94 00:08:55 PDT Once again, 'Dear Abby' sounds the call to lay down arms in the WOsD : San Diego Union-Tribune June 21, 1994 reproduced without permission It's time to sound retreat in wasteful war on drugs Dear Readers: Yesterday I published letters from some readers who disagreed that drugs should be legalized. Today we'll hear from some of the surprisingly large number who favor legaliza- tion. Dear Abby: I commend you for sharing your misgivings about America's war on drugs. You are not alone. Milton Friedman, George Schultz and William Buckley (to mention a few conserva- tives) have all looked askance at the results of indiscriminate drug prohibition: overcrowded prisons, eroded civil liberties, disrespect for laws in general and a huge, growing black market. Countries like the Netherlands regulate popular use of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis without fear of social collapse. Is it sur- prising that while the Dutch government trusts its citizens to behave moderately, drug abuse is less of a problem there? American kids perceive the contradiction of our government telling them to "just say no" while continuing to subsidize the tobacco industry. -- Oregon Reader Dear Abby: I'm an inmate convicted of possession of an excess of 1 ounce of marijuana, which is a felony here in Georgia. I wholeheartedly agree on the legalization of certain controlled substances. I have smoked marijuana off and on for 30 years -- since I was 19 -- and i have known people who have smoked it who are now in their 50s and 60s. All are reliable family people, and none has committed a violent crime. In Atlanta last year, there was a smoke fest, and 30,000 people gathered. Pot was smoked openly, there were no arrests and everyone behaved in a proper manner. Look at Sweden and other countries where pot is legal, and you will see it has done no harm to their people. -- Inmate 321943, Forsyth, GA. Dear Abby: While many will find the idea of legalizing drugs morally repugnant, people don't seem to realize that with the stroke of a pen we could eliminate the following: * Wasted money and human lives spent on continuing the war on drugs -- which was lost long ago. * Street gangs, and the violence and death associated with them. (They survive on drug sales.) * A majority of robberies, burglaries, carjackings and muggings -- which are mostly perpetrated by addicts in need of money for drugs. Morality is one thing, but when are we going to wake up and solve all these major problems with one simple bill? A prescription system might be the most sensible solution. -- Common Sense in Sherman Oaks Dear Abby: I believe our government's scare tactics have backfired, making criminals out of decent citizens. In addition, no one can estimate the quality of drugs sold illegally under the table by crooks. If drugs were treated the way alcohol and cigarettes are -- regulated and taxed -- our country would be a much saner place. I am an occupational therapist with the U.S.Navy. (Please withold my name for obvious reasons.) -- Madrid, Spain -------------------------------end----------------------------------------- 'Dear Abby' promises one more letter tomorrow - unknown whether it'll be pro or con, but there must be some special reason she's holding it for tomorrow.......... You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try! -- Beverly Sills EXPLORER ============================================================================= From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gale) Newsgroups: alt.drugs,talk.politics.drugs Subject: Dear Abby looks at drug policy: Ethan Nadelman letter Date: 22 Jun 1994 18:17:32 GMT Message-ID: <email@example.com> This Dear Abby column is from June 22, 1994 Chicago Tribune. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Is a drug-free society possible in the U.S.? Dear Abby: May I commend you for your open-minded and courageous response to those who have expressed doubts about the war on drugs. Millions of Americans now recognize that drug prohibition is responsible for many, perhaps most, of our drug problems. It is time for the government to respond to the appeals of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, former Secretary of State George Schultz, Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore, and others who recommend that we re-evaluate our current drug policies. Our choices are not limited to either fighting a war on drugs or legalizing them. There is, in fact, a spectrum of options. We can learn much from Europe and Australia, where governments have turned their backs on the "war on drugs." They began by accepting the obvious: That it is both futile and dangerous to try to create a drug-free society. Focus instead, they insist, on reducing the dangers associated with drug use if people continue to use them. To stop the spread of AIDS, we must make sure that junkies have access to clean needles; make it easy for addicts to obtain methadone; give heroin maintenance programs a chance to work; decriminalize marijuana; stop spending billions on incarcerating drug users and drug dealers. We know we can reduce drug abuse more effectively by spending that money on education, pre- and post-natal care, and job training programs. We must not forget that drug users are citizens in most cases, and human beings as well. We can reduce drug abuse in American without creating a climate of fear, hatred and intolerance. Ethan Nadelman, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
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