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The 'war on drugs' has been a complete failure

Rob Jenkins cultivates marijuana at Dark Heart Nursery in Oakland, Calif.
Rob Jenkins cultivates marijuana at Dark Heart Nursery in Oakland, Calif. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Thank you for publishing the commentary, "Striving for a healthy city" (Feb. 13) written by Raymond Daniel Burke. Mr. Burke makes a strong, cogent argument for ending the failed war on drugs based on the deleterious health effects of the “war,” especially the high level of violence engendered by the illegal drug trade.

I hope this is another example of the slow but steady recognition that ending drug prohibition would be a benefit for the entire population including those who have to live in the neighborhoods where there is an intolerable amount of violence associated with the distribution and sale of the arbitrarily-defined chemicals and the taxpayers who have to support the expensive police, justice and incarceration systems. I thank your newspaper for printing several of my letters expressing support for ending the war on drugs. Unfortunately, in the last election, you had minuscule coverage of candidates for multiple offices who had strong positions on eliminating this intrusive and racist war.

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Maybe your readers will learn from these statements of the negative effects of the war on drugs and vote into office people who are willing to change the law. Thanks, Mr. Burke, for your opinion piece.

David Griggs, Columbia

The writer was a 2018 Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland’s 7th District.

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