Pubdate: Tue, 04 Apr 2006
Source: Williams Lake Tribune, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Williams Lake Tribune
Author: Kirk Muse



I'm writing about: Karl Osmers' outstanding letter: "Drug dealers need
the police" Tribune March 28.

Beyond just the use of marijuana as medicine, why do so many of our
politicians want to keep a natural herb that has never been documented
to kill a single person, a criminalized substance? Why do apparently
intelligent people want to arrest and jail other people who use or
sell an easy-to-grow weed?

Perhaps to understand their position we should study the history of
U.S. alcohol prohibition.

The notorious gangster Al Capone made most of his illegal money from
alcohol prohibition.

Capone often bragged that he "owned" the city of Chicago. Obviously,
he didn't own all of the city of Chicago; however, he had most or all
of the politicians and police who ran the city on his payroll. Al
Capone was a successful businessman and it's not unreasonable to
suspect that the drug cartels of today are following his business model.

It's also not unreasonable to suspect that the drug cartels may have
many high-level politicians and police officials on their payroll.

Obviously, the type of politicians the drug cartels would have on
their payroll are those who advocate the continuation of the status
quo of drug prohibition, which is making the drug cartels so
fabulously wealthy.

I'm not saying that any specific so-called "drug warrior" is on the
payroll of the drug cartels-just a little suspicious. I'm just a
little suspicious of the motives of all of the drug-war

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Arizona
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