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Waste of money and time

Dear Editor:

Regarding Andy Stone’s June 8 column (“Who thinks Aspen’s just like Pakistan? The DEA, of course”), I’m not surprised to read that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration treats Aspen like Pakistan.

There is a major drug war schism underway, with enlightened states like Colorado pursuing reform and a federal government stuck in the past. Don’t look to the Obama administration for change. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy immediately rejected the high-profile Global Commission on Drug Policy call for reform and defended the “balanced drug control efforts” of the federal government. These “balanced” efforts have given the land of the free the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Prohibition-related violence has caused upwards of 35,000 deaths in Mexico over the past four years. Despite criminal penalties, the U.S. has higher rates of drug use than European Union countries like Portugal that have decriminalized. With national debt soaring, we can no longer afford to throw good money after bad drug policy.

Robert Sharpe

Policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

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