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Sensible alternative

| Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:00 p.m

Regarding the news story “Legal marijuana an economic boon, advocates claim” : If former Pennsylvania Attorney General Ernie Preate’s requirements for a successful drug policy are that there be no increase in school dropouts, no increase in hard-drug usage and no increase in incidence of people who would rather use drugs than work, I would suggest that the present drug policy has failed.

There has been a big increase in all three of those criteria in the last 30 years or so of the “war on drugs.” The alternative to a war is not a complete surrender, but a policy of containment that includes restricted legal sales, high taxes and an emphasis on rehabilitation, not incarceration.

Frances Vazquez

Fox Chapel

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