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Black market leads to most drug violence


To the Editor:

This is in response to Doug Hunter's article, "Illegal drugs mean danger." To me it reads like a piece of fiction, but sadly, it isn't one. That is simply disrespectful to the victims. Caught up in the gory details, Doug clearly misses the point of all this violence.

Imagine that when the two men stopped at the gas station to get their gas and cigarettes that they also asked for a pack of joints. If that were the case, this story would have ended with them simply returning home safely instead of to a hospital.

To argue that the drugs caused this to happen is illogical. It would have played out the exact same way if cigarettes were illegal and marijuana was legal. The black market is what causes the violence we see happening on the streets, not the drug, and especially not marijuana. To be blind to this fact is to ignore the laws of economics, which were illustrated during alcohol prohibition.

I never worry about being robbed when I go to purchase alcohol, and I have the legal, regulated distribution of that drug to thank for that. Funding or not funding road patrols isn't going to change this, only re-legalization can stop this problem.

Christopher Ritsen, Columbiaville
October 14, 2009

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