McCaffrey and Drug War 

McCaffrey and Drug War 
Posted by FoM on January 22, 2000 at 17:02:09 PT
Letters To The Editor
Source: Los Angeles Times
I agree with Robert Scheer's Jan. 20 column about the drug czar's review of TV programming. Barry McCaffrey's government office has no business censoring or approving any program, entertainment or otherwise. 
I demand a notice on every TV program subject to Czar McCaffrey's censorship: WARNING--this program censored by Czar McCaffrey's Federal Office of National Drug Control Policy.   DAVID CLARK   Irvine      I wrote one of the so-called government-exploited scripts ("The Smart Guy," "Never Too Young") referred to in Scheer's column. I pitched and worked out this story and anti-alcohol message to children and their parents well before any of these ONDCP arrangements with the networks were advanced. It was the guts and efforts of the two executive producers and the network executive that brought my idea to fruition, even though some others had thought it might place our lead character in a bad light, especially in a family-oriented sitcom.   While the overall effort of the feds may indeed be a slippery slope, approvals or changes influenced by an entity outside of the show, if any at all, certainly did not alter this particular program's message or entertainment quotient.   STEVE YOUNG   Glendale   Cannabis will be the "aspirin" of the new millennium. Its medicinal benefits alone should make it legal, not to mention its value as a food, paper, clothing and rope product. The U.S. government should reevaluate its position on marijuana in light of the known benefits of this innocuous plant. The mild euphoria associated with its ingestion isn't dangerous or addicting, and its criminalization is an unnecessary burden on our military, police, courts and taxpayers.   LIONEL DE LEON   Garden Grove   Re "St. Vincent Worries Its Future's Going to Pot," Jan. 16: The U.S. war on drugs is a sickening farce that causes incalculable destruction to the lives and property of countless victims, both foreign and domestic. But to forcibly attack a nation's cultivation of locally consumed marijuana for the stated purpose of providing training for the Marine Corps reaches a new level of sickening cowardice.   Shame on the U.S., the world's largest exporter of weapons and cigarettes, i.e. death, for murdering and destroying the peaceful livelihoods of our Caribbean neighbors. When will we see the war on drugs for what it is: a thinly veiled excuse to rain terror on the world's impoverished and disenfranchised, while propping up the U.S. military-industrial complex and undermining the civil liberties of us all.   JEFF BARNES   Santa Monica Published: January 22, 2000Copyright 2000 Los Angeles Times Related Articles:Drug Czar's Media Anti-Drug Campaign Under Fire-1/22/2000
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