April 14, 1996
Can there be anyone left in this country who thinks that making drugs illegal has accomplished anything? If so, I refer them to the April 7 Column One article on children living in California homes that double as methamphetamine labs. Harry Truman said that you don't prevent anything with war--except peace. We haven't prevented anything with our war on drugs--except an open environment where we can regulate drug manufacture and protect our children. It's time for all of us to pressure our legislators to end this madness and decriminalize drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1993
I am surprised to read recently so many editorials and news items on the proposal to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana and/or all drugs. The fact that the Rev. Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, has signed the petition ("Rev. Schuller Joins Ranks Urging Drug Law Reform," May 6) to decriminalize drugs is a sign that the attitudes of major public leaders is changing on this subject. The main organizer of the new attitude toward drugs is Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray.
December 27, 2003
Re "The Illegal Drug Trade Is Actually Obeying the Law -- of Supply and Demand," by James Zirin, Commentary, Dec. 22: Interdiction of illegal drugs has been used unsuccessfully to control the use of drugs. It is necessary to make the use of illegal drugs socially unacceptable here in the U.S. How can we do this? The government cannot order drug-testing of all individuals. But many companies test employees for drug use now; the government can subsidize the cost of drug testing for every employer.
March 5, 2012
War without end Re " A drug war success story? ," Opinion, Feb. 29 William C. Rempel's Op-Ed article on the 1989 cocaine bust in Sylmar that ultimately strengthened the Mexican drug cartels illustrates the folly of the continuing war on drugs. This war is an arms race in which the opponent has no morals and no qualms about a scorched-earth strategy. Increasingly, the casualties are innocent people and entire economic sectors, such as Mexican tourism and trips by charitable organizations to the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1988
I agree wholeheartedly that to successfully end the abuse of substances we must approach the causative factors aggressively. As a Libertarian I believe that each individual is responsible for his own life and all actions. As a caring, concerned parent, nurse and member of a free society, I want to see the need for escape reduced and the chance for rehabilitation increased. This can only be done through education for all and assistance programs for all those with lowered self-esteem and negative expectations and opportunities.
May 17, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - The Organization of American States said Friday that countries should consider decriminalizing drug use, a shift backed by several Latin American leaders but opposed by the United States. Decriminalization could be one of many “transitional methods” in a public health strategy that could include “drug courts, substantive reduction in sentences and rehabilitation,” according to a report released by the OAS on the possible liberalization of drug polices. The report, presented by OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza in Bogota, was commissioned during the April 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in response to many leaders' complaints that U.S.-driven drug prohibition policies of recent decades had failed to stem the illicit drug business.