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Legalization of Drugs

Posted By on January 26, 2011

The war on drugs is a complete and utter failure.  This is not because we are doing is wrong.  It is not because we need a greater commitment.  It is not because the other side is smarter than we are.  It is certainly not because we are not spending enough money.  The reason we are failing is because we are doing it.

We should have, and eventually did learn an important lesson from the prohibition on alcohol.  It didn’t work! That was the lesson we learned so we stopped trying to prohibit production, sale and use of alcohol and took the saner and more effective approach of placing some controls on the production, sale and the consequences of inappropriate behavior resulting from the use of alcohol.  Yes, there is still abuse, but we are far better off than we were during prohibition.

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Joe grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and graduated from Premontre High School (now Notre Dame Academy). He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS degree in civil engineering and a BS degree in city planning. Joe held positions of Village Manager and Director of Public Works, Utilities, Engineering, and Community Development for municipalities in Illinois and Wisconsin ranging in size from 15,000 to 50,000 people. He also worked in the private sector as a design engineer, planning engineer, report coordinator, manager of engineering and has owned and managed a planning and engineering consulting business. Joe has received state and national awards for projects that he managed. He has edited several community newsletters, writes poetry, children s' stories, humor, short stories and "The Solutionist".


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