Pubdate: Tue, 14 May 2002
Source: Sun News (SC)
Copyright: 2002 Sun Publishing Co.
Author: Mark R. Leaman


Re. [U.S. Drug Policy] Director [John P.] Walters' opinion piece on 
marijuana [May 5 Opinion page].

This epitomized the hypocrisy of the Bush administration. Every other 
recreational drug, including tobacco and alcohol, is more dangerous than 
marijuana. Yet instead of pursuing a truly dangerous societal problem, 
crack or ecstasy, for instance, they go after the relatively harmless drug 
marijuana presumably because it's a far easier target.

He mentions 17 deaths over a 10-year period. Has he noted the death toll 
among cocaine users and dealers? He cites marijuana-related traffic 
accidents; alcohol is the No. 2 cause of death in the United States.

His thinking is no different than the Republican Party condemning former 
President Clinton's marijuana use (a misdemeanor) at any given chance, yet 
completely ignoring the reports of President Bush's cocaine use (a felony).

If this is an example of bringing integrity to the White House, then Bush 
gets an F.

Mark R. Leaman

Myrtle Beach
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