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Weeding Out Pot

September 10, 2000

* Re "Weeding Out Pot Farms From Aloft," Sept. 6: I recall lectures from junior high and high school economics courses explaining why our free market system works, to wit, that supply will always meet demand. To suggest that drugs are not part of our economic system is to ignore the primary motivation of those who deal.

On what basis, economic or otherwise, do proponents of the current strategy in the "war on drugs" (i.e. "The more you hit the supply, the harder it is to get," as Sonya Barna proposes) suggest that by attacking the supply, the demand will drop?

If the politicians were truly committed to decreasing the use of drugs in our society, as the Republocrats cry, they would consider the laws of economics, which are applied to all other forms of commerce, to the commerce of drugs, and address the demand as a method to reduce the supply.

BRUCE GRAHAM

Glendale

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It was with some enlightenment that the article about pot farms shared the edition with an article about California's overcrowded and underfunded schools. I always wondered why public schools have bigger classes, students sharing textbooks and diminishing arts programs. I realize now that money goes into helicopters and their armies who fly around California looking for pot plants. I can't remember the last time I read about a new school being built, but not a week goes by when I don't hear about a new prison under construction.

KEITH LOVGREN

San Diego

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So there is a war on drugs. We are giving billions to Colombia for the effort, but we have cut California's own highly successful pot program. Sounds like the government is in charge.

BRIAN HOBBS

Manhattan Beach

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