Pubdate: Wed, 25 Feb 2004
Source: Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
Author: Scott Russ


Editor, The Journal

Why do we keep kidding ourselves into believing that anything but
legalizing cannabis will stop grow ops and the gangs that run them?

You want to decriminalize small quantities of cannabis and increase
growing penalties? This is absurd.

Were do you think the small quantities of cannabis will come from,
Santa Claus?

I live in the most incarcerated state in the US, we have some of the
harshest sentences for cultivation and trafficking and that has done
nothing to stop it.

How about ending prohibition? How about allowing responsible adults to
decide for themselves what they put in to their bodies as long as they
harm no others?

That's too easy eh.

That wouldn't allow for the budget increases and job security that
certain government agencies and law enforcement are after, right?

All at the expense of taxpayers and society as a whole.

Let's just go another 80 years and see how the drug war is doing then.
If you're wondering what 80 years can do for the drug war just look at
this headline from 1938.

"16 INDICTED HERE IN MARIJUANA RING; New York Times Apr 30, 1938 A
Federal grand jury, delivering what Lamar Hardy, United States
Attorney, described as the severest blow ever dealt to traffickers in
marijuana, yesterday indicted sixteen alleged members of a, marijuana
producing and distributing ring that until recently operated in
Minnesota, Iowa, Chicago and New York City."

Hmmm. The severest blow ever to marijuana trafficking and here we are
today still wondering how to stop the evil weed.

Can we really afford to be throwing our tax dollars down the toilet
another 80 years?

Prohibition. It's worse than we all remember.

Just Say KNOW!!

Scott Russ

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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