Pubdate: Mon, 30 Sep 2002
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Green Bay Press-Gazette
Author: Brian C. Keys


ASHWAUBENON - I couldn't help but laugh at John Walters' outlandish 
comments about marijuana. Walters stated that more teens enter 
rehabilitation centers for marijuana addiction than all other drugs 
combined ("Marijuana's risks greater than believed, official says," Sept. 18).

What he isn't telling you is that they're basically forced by prison-happy 
judges to attend a mandatory treatment program or else spend more time 
behind bars than rapists and burglars. Not only does this distort the 
statistics in favor of the prohibitionists, it also discredits and dilutes 
the treatment of real addicts.

The federal government - when it's not releasing suspected terrorists back 
into the wild or allowing millions of illegal aliens to waltz into the 
country - continues its absolutely insane and unconstitutional war on 
American citizens: breaking down the doors of homes, usurping power from 
the states and simply ruining people's lives. Marijuana is a product, after 
all, that was grown and consumed by the founders themselves.

Nobody has died or overdosed from smoking marijuana. How many people have 
died from abusing prescription medications? How many from consuming fatty 
foods? What will Walters say next, after he realizes nobody is buying his 
marijuana propaganda?

Brian C. Keys
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