To the editors:
Thank you for a very good and well-reasoned article by Eric Scigliano in support of drug legalization [November 18]. Everyone from abstainers (which I am) to addicts should support, at the very least, decriminalization of marijuana and the switch of funding from interdiction to treatment and education.
I would like to make one addition and one clarification. I would like to add to your list of early supporters of legalization the American Civil Liberties Union. Although the ACLU is not politically "right wing," as other early supporters of legalization are, all these people or organizations share a strong belief in civil liberties, which distinguishes them from others who also bear the label "right wing."
My clarification concerns another member of your list, the "Thatcherite British newsmagazine The Economist." Although The Economist is certainly British, it is not so clearly Thatcherite. In a feature article on Oct. 29, they expressed dismay at recent restrictions on civil freedoms by her government (as well as at Labour's questionable history in this regard) [Oct. 29, 1988, p. 15]. And their lead editorial on Oct. 8 opined "She will talk less about Britain's economy and more about its society. She will be right to do so but mostly wrong in the ideas she will favour." [Oct. 8, 1988, p. 13]. The Economist, when it editorializes, generally supports civil and economic freedoms. (It is also more than just British, but international, and written by an extraordinarily well-informed staff.)
Keep up the good work.
PS: Thanks also for many other good articles.