I couldn't possibly agree more with Wayne Clark's viewpoint on the "War on Drugs" [Obscene profits fuel drugs, Oct. 13 Letters, TIMES].
Border fences won't work - in fact, that is a laughable concept.
Busting renewable street drug dealers won't work. They are simply and immediately replaced.
Criminalizing sick people won't work. They are addicts, and that is a medical, not a criminal issue.
The current policy penalizes victims, including the street-level dealers who are trying to make a living. None of them have billions in their basements, and when we bust them, they are replaced.
This multi-billion dollar industry doesn't only serve the drug traders. I think it also serves the anti-drug industry.
If the drug trade were to disappear tomorrow, how many lawyers, DEA officers, police, judges, advocacy groups, customs officers, even sniffer dogs would be laid off?
We are talking about folks who will buy a Lear jet for a million or more dollars, load it with drugs, and crash it after only one use, to hide their crime.
Yet our answer is to seize a couple of hundred dollars worth of ancient Ford pickups at the Mexican border. It may be political PR, and looks good on the 11 o'clock news, but it does nothing to solve the problem.
But I guess, as Wayne points out, we have learned nothing from prohibition and its dismal failures almost 100 years ago. We can't legislate morality!
Big Brother probably shouldn't be in that business anyway.
Greg Wilmot, Pitt Meadows
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