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Letter: Stop drugs at the borders

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws legalizing the use and production of medical marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. Some states have legalized marijuana for public use with across the counter purchases. Approximately 50 years ago, Switzerland legalized drugs. The result was the drug users took over all public facilities like parks and swimming pools. Used needles were strewn everywhere on lawns, sidewalks and overflowing trash cans. My wife and I witnessed that mess in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the early 1960s.

Legalizing marijuana is a step into the use of stronger and life-threatening drugs. Many families in every city and town have lost a son or daughter to drugs. A high percent of murders are directly related to drug use. People will do things under the influence of drugs that they would never do sober. It affects families at all levels of the financial spectrum. Drug busts that bring charges and jail to our youth have not worked.

The History Channel covered the action of the U.S. Coast Guard attempting to apprehend drug runners at sea. They estimated that they were stopping approximately 5 percent of incoming drugs. More than 22 million Americans age 12 and older — nearly 9 percemt of the U.S. population — use illegal drugs: (Reference the government’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health).

Most of the users are under age 30. They become lost to society and commit thousands of vicious crimes across the country.

In my opinion, drug traffic must be stopped at our country’s borders. Losing our youth to drugs inflicts magnanimous damage to our nation. Individuals caught bringing large quantities of drugs across our borders should be shot within 24 hours. Their execution should be televised. I truly believe the drug traffic would dry up.

LOU BARBER

Ruston, La.

Lou, a little harsh but I would support it. Switzerland has changed its policy since you were there.

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