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Drug war based on flawed theories

When was the last time you had a bloodletting? That’s a stupid question, because bloodletting was discredited a century ago.

While we have learned a lot, we haven’t really learned our lesson. We are in the middle of the drug war, which is a poster child for the same kind of flawed thinking as bloodletting. The drug war is supposed to rid us of “evil spirits,” but as we can so painfully see, empirical evidence shows that it is merely a self-inflicted wound.

Judge James Gray recently talked in Nevada City. As a 20-year judge, his evidence shows that the drug war increases crime rates, increases our vulnerability to terrorists, increases drug usage among children, extracts a tremendous monetary and personal cost, tramples our civil liberties, and leaves our police subject to corruption and distraction.

Addiction and abuse are medical problems and should be treated as such. (Should Betty Ford have gone to jail?) Intoxicated driving will, of course, remain illegal. The preventable problems of the drug war arise from the war, not the drugs. End the prohibition, and the crime and corruption go away, just as they did with alcohol in 1933.

Charley Hooper


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