Pubdate: Wed, 14 Nov 2007
Source: Terrace Standard (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007 Terrace Standard
Author: Russell Barth


Dear Sir:

Re: RCMP Officers Learn To DARE, Oct. 31,

I applaud anyone's effort to keep kids off of drugs, but as a federal
medical marijuana licence holder who is also married to one, I
consider DARE nothing short of state sponsored hate propaganda on par
with Holocaust denial.

The police have been systematically lying to everyone about marijuana
for over 70 years, so what makes them think that Google-equipped kids
of today are going to start believing their unmitigated

DARE has been shown to actually increase drug use in some areas. Don't
believe me? Look at the pot use rates comparing Canada and The
Netherlands. Or look at the fact that pot use in Canada has quadrupled
in 20 years!

DARE uses scientifically non-factual information, sloganeering,
fear-mongering, exaggeration and hyperbole in an effort to foster fear
and loathing towards drugs and drug users.

Hey Horsemen: I dare you to try telling the truth sometime.

Russell Barth,
Ottawa, Ontario
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