Pubdate: Thu, 22 Jan 2004
Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)
Copyright: 2004 Boulder Weekly
Author: Jose Melendez


The column "Unreasonable Risks" (Liberty Beat, Jan. 8) clearly exposes
substance prohibition as fraud. Indeed, the war on (some) drugs is
instead waged on citizens, corrupting its enforcers who turn a blind
eye to far more harmful, legally taxed consumables.

I offer this quote to the professional and habitual neo-conservatives
and drug-war chicken hawks of my country: "Treason against the United
States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering
to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

The attacks in 9/11 cost the terrorrists, by most expert estimates, a
few hundred thousand dollars. If the $43 million Washington approved
as "aid" to the Afghans to prohibit poppies in May 2001 was not
comforting to the Taliban in charge of enforcing those rules, what
exactly would have been? Some chicken soup?

Cannabis seed is illegal, yet we feed animals to animals instead.
Sounds like an antitrust law and human-rights violation to me.
Criminalize prohibition. It's not just the hypocrisy. It's the fraud
and corruption, stupid.

Jose Melendez

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