Letter to the Editor

    Government Misplaces Values in War on Drugs

    Dear Editor,

    Regarding Dave Johnston’s April 12 column:

    Alcohol kills more people each year than all illegal drugs combined. Prescription overdose deaths are now second only to motor-vehicle crashes as a cause of death from unintentional injury. Television is filled with sophisticated pro-drug messages paid for by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies. The Bush administration doesn’t have a problem with corporate drug pushers. But hoist a “”Bong Hits 4 Jesus”” banner at an off-campus high school rally in Alaska, and they will fight you all the way to the Supreme Court. It is not clear how this nonsensical phrase somehow merits limiting free speech.

    Culture warriors in the White House seem to think the war on pot is more important than the Constitution. It doesn’t stop there. By raiding voter-approved medical marijuana providers in California, the very same Bush administration that claims illicit drug use funds terrorism is forcing cancer and AIDS patients into the hands of street dealers.

    So it’s not just the Constitution that is expendable. Apparently marijuana prohibition is more important than protecting the country from terrorism. Students who want to help end the intergenerational culture war otherwise known as the war on some drugs should contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com.

    – Robert Sharpe, MPA

    Policy Analyst,

    Common Sense for Drug Policy

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