Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Just say yes

Mike Seate has a nice column about a former police officer who now crusades against the war on drugs:

His main problems with the war on drugs are the astronomical costs in lives and money.

"What grinds me up is the way law enforcement people perpetuate the lie that arresting drug dealers will make a difference in the availability and strength of drugs," he said. "The smugglers are smart enough to factor in a loss of maybe 20 percent of a shipment. So even when there's a big bust, they just ship more."

It might seem odd for a former cop to question the sanity of locking up casual drug users, but Wooldridge said the $28,000 it costs to imprison a user for a year could be better spent on rehabilitation programs or tracking down violent criminals.


Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

I got to meet and talk with Howard Wooldridge when he was in town. He presented at our church, sunnyhill.org, in a period we call LifeCraft.

Good guy. Solid presentation. Knows his stuff for sure. This year he'll go coast to coast, again, on horse to bring awareness to this issue.

He bills this movement as a move against prohibition. I told him of West End's former name -- (extra credit anyone???) -- and the Whiskey Rebellion that happened here.

2:06 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Temperanceville, correct?

3:07 PM

Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...


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