On Wednesday, June 14, New
Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman was quoted in the Bergen Record
calling for increased penalties for offenses involving the drug ecstasy.
The article can be found online at http://www.bergen.com/news/drugow200006143.htm
on the paper's web site.
Letters to the editor can
be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].
Lengthy sentences have been tried for every other drug, and have never
worked before. Why would they work now? Any graduate of Economics
101 knows that supply will fill demand, so targeting dealers for prison
time, short or long, won't make any difference. Intensifying the
criminalization approach will only hamper the efforts of outreach organizations
to educate ecstasy users on how to avoid the health risks that ecstasy
use can present.
If you live in New Jersey,
please point your browser to http://www.drcnet.org/states/newjersey/
to write your legislators and make your voice heard!
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Issue #141, 6/16/00
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