Self-interest groups will fight legalization

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Although I’m not a user, I was delighted to see your call for the legalization of marijuana and cocaine (not crack). Your reasoning is logical and should be adopted worldwide.

In Costa Rica it would definitely allow the police to go after career criminals. In the United States it would do the same thing, but there would be a tremendous loss of employment in certain police departments, and in the Drug Enforcement Administration.

We can expect a lot of resistance from these self-interested groups. Sadly, it is in their self-preservation for employment that makes them really not to want this foolish war on drugs to ever end.

Warren Kinsman
San José
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