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What message are we sending?

Dear Editor:I’m writing about Andy Stone’s thoughtful column, “No Toking In These Tropics” (June 2).I agree that we should send a message to Bali and Indonesia by boycotting them for their cruel and idiotic anti-marijuana laws.But what about the country with the huge statue proclaiming liberty for all, but with more prisoners than any other country in the history of human civilization? That country, known to many as the Land of Hypocrisy, had more than 750,000 arrests for marijuana violations in 2003.Primarily because of our war on drugs policies, the United States has been transformed into the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization. Even though we in the U.S. have fewer than 5 percent of the world’s population, we have more than 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.In other words, one out of every four prisoners in the world is locked up in an American jail or prison.What message does this send to the rest of the world?Kirk MuseMesa, Ariz.

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