Good Reasons Abound To End War on Drugs

Good Reasons Abound To End War on Drugs
Posted by FoM on April 07, 2000 at 09:05:28 PT
Letters To The Editor By Gerard Murphy
Source: Honolulu Advertiser
I was very impressed with The Advertiser’s coverage of the war on pakalolo (April 2-5). I can think of 26 alphabetical reasons to end the war on drugs:Asset seizure laws that violate the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.Buyer’s clubs closed down, depriving sick people of medicine.
Crack cocaine.Drive-by shootings in gang wars over drug territory.Editorial independence — in television and magazines seized by drug czar Barry McCaffery in violation of the First Amendment.Freedom — taken away bit by bit.Green Harvest: an attack on Hawaii’s citizens.Hawaiians and other minorities disproportionately jailed on drug charges.Innocent victims.Just cause — drug police search your property without just cause despite the 4th Amendment.Kids taken from parents who are caught using recreational drugs.Libertarian Party — wants to end this war on drugs.Mandatory minimum sentences: unfair, unconstitutional (8th Amendment) and immoral.NORML and other groups trying to bring peace to America.Organized crime — would be out of business if drugs were legal.Paranoia.... Um, I don’t really care for this letter.Refusal to hear any more drug cases ever again; 50 federal judges already have refused.Saving billions of dollars.Tens of thousands sitting in prison for drugs G.W. Bush, Al Gore and Bill Clinton did.Unconstitutional — don’t forget the 9th and 10th Amendments.Violent criminals released to make room for nonviolent drug users.Wars between rival gangs over drug territories will end when drugs are legal.Man, I thought Q was hard.You wouldn’t do more drugs if they were legal. Most of your neighbors wouldn’t either.Zero: the number of good things to show for this war.By Gerard MurphyPublished: April 7, 2000© Copyright 2000 The Honolulu Advertiser, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Direct Link To The Series:Chasing Smoke: Hawaii's 24 Year War On Pot Articles:Has Hawaii’s Pot War Achieved It's Mission? Smoke: Hawaii's 24 Year War on Pot - Day 4 Smoke: Hawaii's 24 Year War on Pot - Day 3 Smoke: Hawaii's 24 Year War On Pot - Day 2 Smoke - Hawaii's 24 Year War on Pot - Day 1 Pictures From The Series:
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Comment #1 posted by legalizeit on April 07, 2000 at 11:56:14 PT
Q and X
I came up with something for Q and X after brainstorming a couple minutes:Q: Quiet rotting away of the sick and dying who are sitting in prisons, unable to get the natural medicine that helps them the most.X: letter usually used to indicate unknown quantity, in the case the real and incidental billions of valuable tax dollars which have been squandered to fight an unwinnable war.
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