Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

EFSDP: Drug Crusaders, Listen Up

Aug 15
Editor
Nelson Daily:

Letter writer Nicole Lorusso employs a common tactic of the drug war cheerleaders. First erect a straw man of grotesque proportions and then proceed to tear it back down again (Drug Crusaders, Listen Up, Aug 15) I am not aware of a single credible drug law reform activist that advocates willy-nilly use of cannabis by children. Teen age drug abuse is bad. Bad for families, bad for society and most assuredly bad for children. We're all in agreement.

But it does not automatically follow that if teen age drug abuse is bad, well then Prohibition must be good.

I am also an educator, a school counselor in this case.   And for every horror story Ms. Lorusso can conjure up involving teenagers using pot, I can recite two more where children were grievously harmed by the excesses of the Drug War, Inc. Children snatched from loving families after a few marijuana plants were discovered behind the family garage during the annual fly-over. Children duped into informing on their parents by that nice Officer Friendly from DARE. Children traumatized when the front door of the family home was kicked in at 4:00 a.m. by ninja clad thugs--talk about your narco terrorism!

Ms. Lorusso's assertion not withstanding, our highest goal is not about preserving the dignity of adult cannabis consumers. It's about preserving the traditions and values of a free, democratic society. A society that respects its own citizens right to self determination and to be protected from an over reaching and ever more intrusive state apparatus. It's about saying, no, to a liberal, nanny state government.

Legalize, regulate, tax, control. There is a better way.

Greg Francisco, M.A.
Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, www.efsdp.org
32323 M-43
Paw Paw, MI  49079
USA
(269) 628-4340


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Blair Anderson
ph (643) 389 4065
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