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Letter: Is the war on drugs a war on logic?

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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:17 pm | Updated: 7:37 pm, Wed Apr 17, 2013.

Once upon a time there was no drug-related crime in the United States.

Every day people could purchase all the heroin, cocaine, marijuana or morphine they wanted at the corner grocery store for pennies per dose with no questions asked.

Back then we had 1.3 percent of our adult citizens addicted to drugs.

Because of that the U.S. Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914. Because of that drug addiction went from being a health problem to becoming a criminal justice problem. And because of that our overall crime rate soared.

And in 1970 we still had a drug addiction rate of 1.3 percent. Because of that Congress passed the Narcotics Control Act of 1971. Because of that the United States became the most incarcerated nation in history with 2.3 million prisoners.

Today we still have 1.3 percent of our adults addicted to drugs. So far, we have spent more than a trillion dollars attempting to nullify the law of supply and demand.

Should we throw another trillion dollars down the drug war rat hole? Or do something different?

I strongly suggest that the readers Google or go to Youtube.com and search for: “Retired police Captain demolishes the war on drugs.”

Kirk Muse

Mesa

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