Despite the opinion of George F. Will ["This War Is Worth Fighting," op-ed, June 16], arresting thousands of people a day for the possession of narcotics is not sensible.

Marijuana was made illegal in 1937. The federal law to ban it was based on faulty, often misleading and sometimes racist testimony. Some people at that time claimed that gangs of African Americans were smoking marijuana and raping white women because of it.

Most people who use marijuana are otherwise law-abiding and able to make competent decisions about right and wrong. Marijuana has been part of human culture for thousands of years.

The "war on drugs" is futile -- just look at all the killings and underground activity that it has caused. The Post, for example, recently ran an article on how widespread drug-related crime is in Mexico ["More Than 600 Killed This Year Despite Aggressive Crackdown," front page, June 16].

Opponents say that if illicit drugs were legal, more of our kids would use them and be unable to function. But the Dutch have had a sensible drug policy for 30 years, and the number of youths affected by drugs is lower in the Netherlands than in the United States.

This country should stop blaming all the bad things that happen in society on an illicit plant and hold people more accountable for their actions, whether or not they use drugs. We need to replace the war on drugs with a more sensible national drug policy.

KAI LANGLIE

Kensington