Pubdate: Wed, 10 May 2000
Date: 05/10/2000
Source: Mountain Xpress (NC)
Author: Kathy Galbraith

The raving rant against innocent, peaceful pot users who quietly
huddle in their houses  trying to avoid attention  was a blatant
example of hatred that is based on bias. No wonder this person refused
to sign their name [Letters, "Hurrah for the pot police," April 26].
As long as there are prejudices against minorities for no reason, this
evil slanderer will continue to spew out similar maniacal nonsense.

Zero tolerance in your country has evolved into hatred for one's
fellow humans just because they choose to use an herb that has itself
been slandered, prosecuted and burned for no good reason.

The ugliness is escalating. Please, just stop it right

Kathy Galbraith,
Raymond, Alberta

Editor's note: Stop! It was satire  a sarcastic diatribe against the
war on drugs.

Seldom does a letter provoke such inflamed  and misunderstood
responses as did "Hurrah for the pot police."

And because the letter, published in our April 26 issue, was run on
our Web site, it elicited reactions not only from local readers, but
from Internet users in other states and Canada.