They have watched for decades how the hysterical drum-beating of the prohibitionists is completely divorced from the reality of actual drug usage across the vast population. Our more senior citizens can see how absurd is prohibitionist hyperbole and fear-mongering, roughly equivalent to peddling the premise that every person who drinks is a dangerous alcoholic drunk-driving wife-beating predator needing long-term incarceration, or similarly ridiculous propaganda.
Wilmington grandfather, Jim Chaikin, weighs in with some common sense in a letter to the editor of the News-Journal :
It’s about time the U.S. legalized certain drugs
My grandchildren often say to me, “Grandpop, guess what?” and then proceed to bring me up to date on one thing or another.
Well folks, guess what? Drugs are going to be legalized, and soon.
It will happen like this: The out-of-control drug war is killing the tourism business in Mexico. That will hurt Mexico where it hurts – in the pocketbook. The president of Mexico will say “enough – time to legalize drugs, get rid of the thugs and make Mexico a nice, safe place to visit again” and we will follow suit.
It’s about time.
Jim Chaikin, Wilmington