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Op-Ed: Let them have their pot

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-klausner26jan26,0,7295338.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

Irony: Newark Launches "Ground War" To Curb Drug Trade Violence

From The New York Times:

NEWARK, Jan. 8 — Mayor Cory A. Booker and his police director announced the formation of a new narcotics division today to try to defeat a stubbornly high murder rate, firmly linking the trade in illegal drugs to the city's persistent violence.

There's a link, alright. And in time politicians will come to understand that it is prohibition which makes drug-trade violence inevitable. Surely we can't keep addressing community problems with hollow rhetoric like this:

The new 45-person unit, led by a deputy chief, will tackle the city's drug trade as it if were a "ground war," he said.


So basically they're proposing a war on violence. It won't work. It can't work because drug-trade violence stems from an absence of regulation, not a shortage of armed police ready to kick doors in on an informant's tip.

In fact, temporary successes achieved through "ground war" tactics frequently increase violence as new competitors rush to replace those removed from the market by law-enforcement. Nor should anyone disregard the abundant collateral damage that occurs when armed raids are conducted based on tips from shady criminal informants.

The New York Times isn't responsible for making this argument, but they should at least acknowledge it. The discussion of drug-trade violence is incomplete and unproductive when the contributing role of drug prohibition goes unmentioned.

Help us spread the message: The New York Times accepts letters to the editor at letters@nytimes.com.

Location: 
United States

Mexican troops take drug fight to Tijuana streets

Location: 
Tijuana
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
CNN
URL: 
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/01/04/tijuana.drugs.ap/

Ex-Cop Plans Video on How to Hide Drugs

Location: 
Tyler, TX
United States
Publication/Source: 
Fox News
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2006Dec22/0,4670,ExCopapossDrugTips,00.html

Mexicans weed out new super marijuana

Location: 
Lazaro Cardenas
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
Chicago Sun-Times
URL: 
http://www.suntimes.com/news/world/179186,CST-NWS-mex20.article

Informant denies buying drugs at elderly Atlantan's home (CNN)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/11/28/atlanta.shooting/

China to reward individuals for reporting drugs-related crimes (People's Daily Online, China)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://english.people.com.cn/200611/15/eng20061115_321849.html

Mexico's drug war death toll tops 2,000 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/11/14/MNGL3MC3I91.DTL

Italy signals major overhaul of drugs laws (EuroNews, France)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=390711&lng=1

Police: Deli served marijuana on the side (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/15974835.htm

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