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Sheriff’s marijuana argument

Keith Royal used his starfish analogy to show how the drug war, even though it’s a losing venture, is somehow making a positive difference. He then used the word illegal six times in one sentence to show us his disgust for growers of marijuana.

However, Royal has missed the most important point: Marijuana and alcohol are simply drugs and, if anything, alcohol is the more dangerous of the two. It is the drug laws which separate them.

Make beer and wine illegal and you’ll have the same problems we have today with marijuana. We don’t have to speculate; this country did make alcohol illegal during Prohibition and it was a miserable failure. The murder rate went up 70 percent during Prohibition and then returned to normal afterward.



Prohibition drove alcohol underground, fostered police corruption and funneled great fortunes to gangsters. I guess we don’t learn our lessons because this is exactly what is happening with marijuana today. Look across the border to Mexico with its daily drug war casualties to see how bad it might get here. Unless … unless we read our history and finally learn our lesson.

Charley Hooper




Grass Valley


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