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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n149/a11.html

Newshawk: Kirk

Pubdate: Wed, 03 Apr 2013

Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)

Copyright: 2013 The Oregonian

Contact: letters@news.oregonian.com

Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/324

Author: Shelley Fox-Loken, Special to the Leader

Note: Shelley Fox-Loken is a retired Oregon corrections officer and member

of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement

officials opposed to the war on drugs. She was to testify Tuesday in

favor of HB 3371 to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee.




People are sometimes surprised to hear that someone who dedicated her life to public safety would favor the legalization of marijuana.


But as someone who dedicated her life to promoting the public good, not the conventional wisdom, I believe that law enforcement officers are uniquely positioned to understand the harms that the prohibition of marijuana has caused in this country, and that more of us believe in legalization than feel comfortable stating so publicly.


Because marijuana is illegal, there are tremendous profits to be made in its sale. This both incentivizes violence and ensures that our efforts to prosecute our way into reduced drug use will fail, for there are always more dealers willing to take the place of those arrested. The prosecution of users has proved futile as well - despite marijuana being illegal since 1937, the majority of Americans ages 18 to 64 have tried marijuana.


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MAP posted-by: Jo-D


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