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From: "Bill Sloman"
Subject: Re: Remote Sensor Help
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 00:44:01 +0100
Organization: Planet Internet
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Paul Burke wrote
> (in <3DC010F5.15AA4D72@scazon.com>) about 'Remote Sensor Help', on Wed,
> 30 Oct 2002:
> >> "John" wrote in message
> >> news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> >> > I would like to do some experimenting as a proof of concept. I don't
> >> > have the expertise in electronics however, I can handle assembly,
> >> > (I work with Federal Law Enforcement on the southwest border trying
> >> > detect and stop the flow of illegal aliens and drugs into the US.)
> >> >
> >> > Problem: Aliens(Mexican not Martian) and aliens backpacking large
> >> > quantities of marijuana cross the US border by foot in the remote
> >> > areas of the SW.
> >Easy solution: legalise the possession and sale of cannabis, and tax it.
> >The open sale destroys the smugglers' market, and the by-market for
> >heroin and cocaine too, the tax pays for the reduced enforcement
> >required. And you save on the cost of jailing people unnecessarily.
> I agree entirely. You would think that the USA would have learned from
> the experience of Prohibition, even if no other country has.
The Netherlands has got a pretty sensible attitude, and gets a lot of
criticism form the U.S.A. and France about it.
> I have no interest in trying the recreational drugs that are still
> illegal, but it's obvious that you can't stop people taking them. Laws
> that can't be effectively and uniformly enforced bring the whole legal
> system into disrepute, and lead to more threats to 'law and order' than
> are caused by the physiological effects of drugs, but not more than
> those caused by the need for money to feed a habit.
The "free drugs" clinics in several Dutch cities seem to be working out
well - registered addicts can get their maintenance dose for nothing from
the clinic. They have to consume/inject it on the spot, so that they can't
take it outside and sell it.
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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