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Question failed drug war


January 14, 2012 Letters to the Editor

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Instead of reflexively lavishing praise on the Butler County Drug Task Force (I’m referring to the Jan. 6 editorial, “Drug task force must build upon past accomplishments”), the Butler Eagle should raise questions regarding the larger issue of the failed “War on Drugs.”

Because of this war on a person’s right to his or her own body, billions of dollars are diverted from legitimate law enforcement activities, and a black market has been created attracting organized criminals in search of high profit margins.

All of the violence and associated crime from drugs stem from the fact that it is criminalized, much like what occurred during Prohibition.

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