Pubdate: Thu, 18 Aug 1999
Source: Weekly Planet (FL)
Copyright: Weekly Planet Inc. 1999
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Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth
Note: Title by MAP editor


Right on, Andrea Brunais. Thanks also to the Weekly Planet for printing such
a poignant, well written piece.

It would seem that a great deal of money is being spent and a huge risk is
being taken in order to eradicate a plant that has no lethal dose and whose
pharmacological effects have never caused a single death in over 5,000 years.

Maybe the politicians are required to adhere to the party line of
prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison industrial complex,
the 'drug testing industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the DEA, the
politician's themselves et al. can't live without the budget justification,
not to mention the invisible profits, bribery, corruption and forfeiture
benefits that prohibition affords them. The drug war also promotes,
justifies and perpetuates racist enforcement policies and is diminishing
many freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be guaranteed by the
Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Myron Von Hollingsworth, Fort Worth, Texas

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