A ‘right’ drug war?

September 11, 2013
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Doesn’t exist.

The Concord Monitor seems to think it does. Editorial: The right drug war, and the wrong one

The right drug war, as the appearance of a member of the ultra-violent Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel in U.S. District Court in Concord yesterday demonstrates, is essential and remains under way. Hard drugs, like the ton of cocaine the gang hoped to distribute, destroy lives and fuel crime and corruption. Meanwhile, the wrong drug war, the half-century-long prosecution of people who possess small amounts of marijuana, is winding down, thanks to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is attempting to bring sanity to drug laws that put far too many people behind bars. Both of Holder’s efforts deserve support.

It’s nice to see them realize that the drug war against marijuana users is wrong, but they’re misguided in their approach to the “other drug war.” Why are they having to deal with the Sinaloa cartel? Why is cocaine linked to crime and corruption? Drug war.

The right drug war is also being fought in Manchester, where a raid on an auto repair shop recently led to the arrest of five people and the seizure of 100 grams of heroin, the biggest smack bust in that city’s history. One of the men arrested gave the police a Concord address. The heroin the group planned to sell creates the addicts who are responsible for thefts from homes and cars and other crimes. The right drug war also needs to be fought against the makers and sellers of the drug known as Molly, an amphetamine with hallucinogenic properties. That drug is blamed for the recent deaths of several dance club patrons, including a young woman from Londonderry and a UNH student from Rochester, N.Y. It is drugs like these, which can easily kill the unwary, and hard drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, that deserve to be targets if a war on drugs is conducted.

Again, it’s the drug war that results in dangerous drugs of uncertain purity that can result in death, or in pushing addicts into crime to support their habit.

Yes, the drug war, when used against casual marijuana smokers, is wrong. But it’s not wrong because marijuana is relatively harmless. It’s wrong because the use of a drug war is always harmful, regardless of the drug involved.

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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