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Letter: Critical of Singapore drug policy example

Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Your editorial

comparing Singapore's drug enforcement policy to that of the United States must be the worst thought out in the history of newspapers, (Sept. 7, "Overdose trend indicates current policy not working.")

Singapore is a country half the size of Los Angeles, so what may work there would be impossible to enforce here, unless you believe 100 or so executions a day is acceptable.

Plus, its judicial system is rated by Amnesty International as one of the world's least favorable to the innocent. There is no trial by a jury of your peers -- rather, a single judge has complete authority in determining guilt or innocence.

What was very accurate in your editorial was that our current drug policy is not working.

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Instead of Singapore, let's look at Colorado. News reports state that two years since the legalization of marijuana, all categories of crimes have dropped: burglaries down 10 percent and murders in Denver were down 50 percent.

Taxes raised created $60 million for the state, and an additional tax on the growers is being used to build new or refurbish old schools around the state.

So, if you want to put drug dealers out of business for good, offer a safe (no Fentanyl mixtures) alternative to buying drugs on the street, one that will decrease crime and violence, increase taxes by taxing only those who want to partake in the use of drugs plus saving money on a War on Drugs that hasn't worked in 40 years.

It is time to compare apples to apples and see what is already working in our own country.

Kenneth Hoehn, Sagamore Hills

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