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Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Drugs the in U.S.

March 26, 1990

Many of the Rev. Cecil Murray's (March 21) remarks, such as "We cannot make poison the norm," are forthright. Society should not make killer drugs a legal commodity to buy, sell or possess. Such legalization would, by default, make those of use who refuse to condone involvement with addicting drugs de facto partners in the spread of this chemical horror and madness to our fellow humankind. Legalization would make users and non-users of drugs its slaves and victims.

Moreover, Murray's comment that his views are idealistic is too modest. His views are simple and basic Judeo-Christian realities, which assert that the human body is an attribute and should not be wholesaled or consigned by individuals over to another god or gods, be they almighty drugs, racism, sexism or consumerism.

If this means that one loses a $100,000 yearly drug income, or an $800-million drug empire, then God expects one to take this loss. Every theologically law-abiding person takes such a loss daily. In this obvious and sickening despair over drug abuse around us, where there is real lateral loss, there is true upright hope.

To end this drug war, to stop the demand for drugs, one just reads a little Jeremiah or St. Paul. It isn't complicated.

JOHN ALAN WALKER

Big Pine

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