Letters to the Editor

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Tag: drug war

July
25th

TACOMA: Legalized sales of pot are preferable

Re:”Will Tacoma council protect pot shops’ neighbors?” (editorial, 7-24).

Your editorial complains that medical marijuana dispensaries are selling pot to “ordinary dopers” but fails to explain why that’s a problem.

I will concede that legalized marijuana sales that were justified for medical uses are being abused, but I fail to see the problem with that. What do you think “ordinary dopers” look like? They look like your neighbors, your co-workers and any other “ordinary citizens” you might know.

With legalized sales, all proceeds go to legitimate business owners and the state (through taxes). Without legalized sales, all proceeds go

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Oct.
3rd

DRUGS: The folly of prohibition

Two related items in Monday’s News Tribune are worthy of comment: the new concerns regarding the abuse of bath salts and California’s new law creating penalties for selling synthetic cannabis.

If the definition of insanity is making the same error over and over again, then the absurdly named war on drugs is a prime example. The prohibition of adult use of plant and chemical substances has never worked and it never will. And the futile law enforcement effort against these behaviors occasions staggering societal and economic costs, without any possibility of success.

The United States came to grips with this

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Aug.
2nd

DRUGS: Declare peace in drug war

Regarding Leonard Pitts’ July 31 column, support for the drug war would end overnight if whites were incarcerated for drug offenses at the same rate as minorities. Racially disproportionate incarceration rates are not the only cause for alarm. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Incarcerating non-violent drug offenders with hardened criminals is the equivalent of providing them with a taxpayer-funded education in anti-social behavior. 

It’s time to declare peace in the failed drug war and begin treating all substance abuse, legal or otherwise, as the public health problem it is. Thanks to public education

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Sep.
24th

DRUG WAR: Lilo’s arrest highlights futility of drug prosecution

Could any spectacle encapsulate the futility, stupidity and cost of the drug war better than Lindsay Lohan’s recent jail sentencing?

Countless column inches of print and hours of video media will be wasted showing Lilo being cuffed and following every detail of her being jailed. An expensive courtroom, judge, judicial assistant, many lawyers, prosecutors and police have all been squandering hours of valuable time and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars simply because she peed some cocaine.

And now, the taxpayers will pay to have her cooped up, watched by jailers and fed for a month.

Yes, her movies are

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