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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marijuana ban keeps us less safe

- The Washington Times - Monday, July 19, 2010

As a street cop who worked the trenches of the drug war spanning three decades, I heartily agree with the observations of Sutton Stokes ("Is marijuana legalization finally on the march in the U.S.?" Communities, Tuesday). The prohibition of marijuana and the subsequent arrest of 800,000 citizens, mostly for personal use, means less time for deadly DUI offenders. When detectives are flying around in helicopters trying to find green plants, they are missing the pedophiles who are in the Internet chat rooms making contact with our young teens. We have all seen NBC's "To Catch a Predator." Police labs are not opening 400,000 rape kits and putting the DNA in the computer because proving the green stuff is marijuana is more of a priority. This is insane. We are doing a poor job of protecting our little boys and girls and women in order to make the safe, easy and lucrative bust of a peaceful pot smoker. Will we ever become as wise as our grandparents and repeal this prohibition?

HOWARD WOOLDRIDGE

Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP)

Drug policy specialist

Washington

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