Pubdate: Thu, 12 Oct 2000
Source: Illinois Times (IL)
Copyright: 2000 Yesse Communications
Contact:  PO Box 3524 Springfield, IL 62708
Fax: 217/753-2281
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


To the editor:

I wonder if DEAland's war on hemp is based, at least in part, on the fear 
that popularizing hemp products could produce many false-positive drug 
tests thereby jeopardizing one of the many large (multi-billion dollar) 
industries whose existance depends on DEAland's drug war.

Maybe the corrupt politicians and media are required to adhere to the party 
line of prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison and 
military industrial complex, the drug testing industry, the INS, the CIA, 
the FBI, the DEA, the politicians themselves, et al, can't live without the 
budget justification, not to mention the invisible profits, bribery, 
corruption, and forfeiture benefits that prohibition affords them.  The 
drug war also promotes, justifies, and perpetuates racist enforcement 
policies and is diminishing many freedoms and liberties that are supposed 
to be inalienable according to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Myron Von Hollingsworth Fort Worth
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