Drug War Nothing Short of National Fratricide

Drug War Nothing Short of National Fratricide
Posted by FoM on December 13, 2000 at 15:05:05 PT
By Mike Plylar
Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News 
In his Dec. 3 letter "Marijuana prohibition is a deadly approach," Robert Sharpe clearly detailed what a deadly, rights-robbing charade our elected and appointed officials, in collusion with the anti-drug industry, have created under the guise of the war on drugs.There's no question that all Americans in one way or another are victims of U.S. drug policy. But drugs bear little direct responsibility for this harm. Drugs do not kill the majority of "drug war" casualties. 
Nor does an innocuous plant destroy almost every vestige of our Constitution.A policy that was doomed from its inception, drug prohibition, consumes lives wholesale, exactly as it has destroyed, and continues to injure, countless innocent American citizens almost daily. The war on drugs is nothing short of national fratricide, pure and simple.We surrender our rights, lives and tax dollars at an increasingly alarming rate. Whether it's the words that are censored from our conversations and communications; the firearm restrictions purportedly implemented to stop warring, black market drug gangs from murdering each other; the urine samples many are required to provide for the most preposterous of reasons; the property seized with no charges levied; the searches allowed on the flimsiest of evidence; the trillion or so dollars spent on this bureaucratic catastrophe; or the innocent Americans mistakenly gunned down by government agents in search of contraband, the war on drugs threatens the very foundations of our republic and our culture.How and when it ends is entirely our decision. But one thing is overwhelmingly clear: We must end it before it ends us.Mike PlylarKremmlingSource: Denver Rocky Mountain News (CO)Author: Mike PlylarPublished: December 13,2000Copyright: 2000 Denver Publishing Co.Address: 400 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80204Contact: letters denver-rmn.comWebsite: Article:Marijuana Prohibition Is A Deadly Approach Pylar: DrugSense Volunteer of the Month - April 2000 Sharpe: DrugSense Volunteer of the Month - May 2000
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Comment #6 posted by Sledhead on December 15, 2000 at 07:48:17 PT
If you guys are really interested in more active involvement, you may want to try DPFCO. Though there's not to much organized activity within this group, a "who's who" of drug policy reformers does monitor the list. They were recently looking for folks to help organize the Denver (or Boulder) MMM, with very little response.If you would like to help or lead this group join the list.
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Comment #5 posted by ripper on December 15, 2000 at 06:38:44 PT
Yes I want a legalization movement in Colorado. 
 I know there are a few already in CO. But they seem more intrested in selling thier wares than legalizing. I tried to hook up with the CO. chapter of norml but I guess that fell through. I never heard back from them. I have no clue as to what to do but I'm willing to find out. Sorry about your plants, that sucks. I remember you posting that not to long ago. A real bummer. Post on the politics board and we can talk more about it.
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Comment #4 posted by freedom fighter on December 14, 2000 at 18:09:16 PT
ripper, troutmask
I, too come from Denver, am wondering if there is a chance of starting a legalization movement in Colorado and legalize the cannabis for once and all? I am happy for the amendment 20 but it is not the answer. After all, I should know when the plant busters came acalling with guns and flashlites waving at my house just two days after it passed. I am sure you know about this! :)) I am asking a favor, take a min or two to register your nick.
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Comment #3 posted by TroutMask on December 14, 2000 at 07:21:47 PT
We continue to win...
Hey ripper! I'm in Denver area also.Yes, it's great to see the RMNews getting on board the reality wagon. It's also great to see the prohibitionists squirming in their seats. No new scientifically sound bad news is coming out against MJ. On the contrary, attitudes are changing as MJ not only becomes recognized as not being the Satan Weed of yesteryear, but also finally is becoming recognized as the beneficial plant that it has always been.Cheers on winning the Medical MJ Amendment in CO!!-TM
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Comment #2 posted by ripper on December 14, 2000 at 06:59:01 PT
Can't belive it.
 I'm glad to see my home town paper is changing its tune lately. It used to be anti. all the way. A few years ago something like this would never have been in the Rocky Mountain news. The truth will set us free.Thanks Mike, keep up the good work.
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Comment #1 posted by freedom fighter on December 13, 2000 at 16:42:03 PT
Thanks Mike Pylar
I do hope people will start to listen rather than just hear it. I do pray people will start to know what they saw rather than just see it. If we do not end the drug war, it will end us. Anarchy will begin. There would be no form of government. Please just give back the freedom to the peopleRespectfully Yoursff
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