Pubdate: Mon, 28 Feb 2000
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2000 Southam Inc.
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Page: A19
Author: Chuck Beyer


Re: Not A Drug Free Zone, Feb. 23.

One need only look to the U.S. to see what "zero tolerance" for drugs
really means. The U.S. prison population recently reached two million, an
eightfold increase in 20 years. With 700 out of 100,000 people in prison
compared with 120 in Canada and 60 in most of Europe there is an evil
machine gaining strength in the U.S. Most are in for drug crimes. A "prison
industrial complex" built on the highest imprisonment rate in the world in
history prevails, a "Dante's Inferno" where all hope is lost. Minorities
are the biggest victims and primary occupants of the drug war gulags.

If this is the model the U.S. (land of the free?) and the UN narcotics
control board want us to emulate, perhaps it is worth considering that we
are right and they are wrong.

Chuck Beyer, Victoria.
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