Pubdate: Thu, 27 Sep 2012
Source: Reno News & Review (NV)
Copyright: 2012, Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Malcolm Kyle


Re "The man who would be prez" (Feature story, Sept.

Ending prohibition would greatly reduce the market in illegal
narcotics, cause a reduction in the number of users and addicts,
greatly curtail drug related illness and deaths, reduce societal harm
from problematic abusers, and bring about an enormous reduction in the
presence and influence of organized crime. The people who use drugs
are our own children, our brothers, our sisters, our parents, and our
neighbors. By allowing all adults safe and controlled legal access to
psychoactive substances, we will not only greatly reduce the dangers
for both them and ourselves but also greatly minimize the possibility
of 'peer-initiation' and sales to minors.

If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and
counter-productive policy, then you can stop helping to enforce it.
You are entitled to act according to your conscience! It only takes
one juror to prevent a guilty verdict. You are also not required to
give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply
state that you find the accused not guilty!

Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the
judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment
for having a dissenting opinion.

We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for: Please vote
to acquit!

Malcolm Kyle

via email
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