Letters to the Editor

Drug registries won't work

The Bee's editorial Jan. 31 against these ridiculous proposals to create "drug-dealer" registries (federal and New Mexico) was correct.

Aside from the points in The Bee, the major problems with these initiatives include: Most drug offenses are for marijuana (often user amounts wrongly defined by government as "seller" amounts). Marijuana isn't a "poison," as falsely labeled by New Mexico politicians Rep. Steve Pearce and Gov. Bill Richardson, both of whom suffer from severe addiction to the power associated with prohibition laws (the ability to cage people in prison). Under these laws, medical marijuana users (cancer patients, etc.) could be mislabeled as a "threat."

Comparing a "drug-registry" to a sex-offender registry is invalid. Sex offenders seek out kids, while most drug-dealers are sought out by users. No kid wants to be raped by sex-offenders; many do want to find reliable drug sources.

Ironically, by listing "former" drug dealers, the effect may be kids approaching them in hopes of meeting new connections. Finally, registering nonviolent drug offenders while not registering burglars, armed robbers or even murderers doesn't promote public safety.

These proposals won't deter drug dealing nor keep kids safe. They'll only provide a temporary fix for drug-war addicted politicians.

Jeff Crow