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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Marijuana

Drug agents could help millions instead of targeting one

Little Johnnie wants to try pot. If it were legal, he could simply grow a little plant in his backyard. Instead, Johnnie has to buy his pot from gangsters. So what poses more danger to little Johnnie (and to society at large): pot or gangsters?

There is only one other group that profits nearly as much from illegal drugs as gangsters –Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) agents. So when a DEA agent claims that the Prince of Pot is a “significant” threat to America, I think he’s really concerned about job security [“Canada’s ‘Prince of Pot’ at war with U.S. drug war,” seattletimes.com, Local News, June 1].

If pot were to be decriminalized, DEA agents would be out of jobs, taxpayers would save a lot of money and little Johnnie wouldn’t have to purchase his pot from gangsters. With a small fraction of the money that taxpayers would save by decriminalizing pot, DEA agents could be retrained to do something that would actually be beneficial for little Johnnie — and millions of other American citizens.

— B. Louis Bacigalupi, Vancouver

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