End the Unwinnable War 

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During the 1920s, my uncles and grandfather had a profitable business in Salt Lake City. They produced and sold bootleg whiskey. This family business fell on hard times when prohibition was repealed. Now, fast forward to 2010. Today, instead of Prohibition, we have the “Gang and Drug Cartel Enabling Act,” mislabeled as the “War on Drugs.”

Give the gangs and cartels their greatest nightmare by legalizing drugs in America. Establish state stores all across the country where a person can register, sign a liability release, and purchase a week’s supply of most drugs for $5 to $10. Keep the anti-drug laws we now have, but have fines of $300 to $5,000, rather than taxpayer-funded jail time for illegal purchases.

The wing nuts on the right are going crazy over the mouse of immigration and taking our attention away from this King Kong of a problem. We are worried about whether or not Juan, who is picking strawberries for us to eat, is a documented worker, but we’re not worried about John who is planning to break into our home and maybe kill us to get the money he needs for OxyContin.

End this unwinnable war! Our present policy is creating disrespect for the law and not stopping anyone from taking drugs. In the past 20 years, we have spent half a trillion dollars on this boondoggle! That’s $500,000,000,000! Just think of what good that money could have done. And now illegal marijuana farms are destroying our forests. Enough is enough!

Roger Carrier

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