Pubdate: Fri, 04 Apr 2003
Source: Daily Orange, The (NY Edu)
Copyright: 2003 The Daily Orange Corporation
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Author: Robert Sharpe
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The drug-terror advertisements revisited in Steve Krakauer's Thursday 
column, "White House finally learns drug lesson," premiered amid beer 
commercials during the Super Bowl. International terrorists have apparently 
caught on to something gangster Al Capone learned in the 1920s during 
alcohol prohibition.

There are enormous profits to be made on the black market. With drug war 
budgets at risk during a time of shifting national priorities, drug 
warriors have cynically used drug prohibition's collateral damage to 
justify more of the same.

The illicit drug of choice in America is domestically grown marijuana, not 
Colombian cocaine or Afghani heroin. The U.S. drug czar's misleading 
drug-terror propaganda may lead Americans to mistakenly conclude marijuana 
smokers are somehow responsible for the tragic events of 9/11. That's 
likely no accident.

The drug war is in large part a war on marijuana, by far the most popular 
illicit drug. Taxing and regulating marijuana would render the drug war 
obsolete. As long as marijuana remains illegal and distributed by organized 
crime, consumers will continue to come into contact with hard drugs like 
cocaine and heroin.

For obvious reasons, government bureaucrats whose jobs depend on the 
neverending drug war prefer to blame the plant itself for the alleged 
"gateway" to hard drugs. Students interested in ending the 
intergenerational drug war otherwise known as the war on some drugs should 
contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at

Robert Sharpe, M.P.A.

Program Officer

Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.
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