Re "Tough fight against prevalence of meth in region" (Our Region, July 7): !n 1996 marijuana advocates convinced California voters that "medical" marijuana was only for those truly in need. Instead, it has become a farce -- as advocates knew it would -- resulting in de facto legalization for any adult willing to spend a few bucks for a card via a phony pot doc exam.
Yet, in spite of this easy availability, illegal grows here and smuggling from Mexico continue unabated. Private growers guard against theft. Pot, whether from "medical" marijuana diversion or other illegal sources, continues to find children.
A recent Bee report identifying Mexico as the major source for methamphetamine in California proves the fallacy of the pro-pot argument that legalization will end the Mexican drug wars and other illicit trade. Drug traffickers just want profits, and if that means continued marijuana smuggling, selling to kids, or pushing more harmful drugs instead, they'll do it.
-- Harvey Swenson, Sacramento