Pubdate: Wed, 10 May 2000 Date: 05/10/2000 Source: Mountain Xpress (NC) Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth Related: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n560/a13.html [Regarding the "Hurray for the pot police" letter, which ran in the March 26 issue of Xpress,] it is important to note that most drug-war-mongering politicians and civilians fall into two categories: 1. Those who actually believe the propaganda, lies and ignorant myths peddled by the prohibitionists who refuse to consider any reform-oriented alternatives to the current massive failure and fraud of the drug war; and 2. Those prohibitionists, referred to above, who rely on the continued prosecution of but never a victory in the drug war, in order to sustain the industries, jobs and constituents' votes that keep them in business and in power. The hottest fires in hell will be reserved for these people, who employ fear, lies and oppression in an attempt to continue but, again, never to win the war on drugs. Cannabis has no lethal dose, and its pharmacological effects have never caused a single death, in over 5,000 years of recorded history. The (unseen) driving force against medical (or unrestricted adult) legalization of cannabis is the fact that cannabis can't be patented. This precludes the need for big business to be involved, and that fact makes cannabis commercially unattractive, pharmaceutically speaking. It seems that if it can't be profitized successfully, the government can't justify legalization even for the sick and dying. Unfortunately, a change in current policy (prohibition) would necessitate that the alternative (legalization) reap more profits (seen and unseen) than our present policy does. Maybe the politicians are required to adhere to the party line of prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison/industrial complex, the drug-testing industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the DEA, the politicians themselves, et al., can't live without the budget justification not to mention the invisible profits, bribery, corruption and forfeiture benefits that prohibition affords them. The drug war also promotes, justifies and perpetuates racist enforcement policies, and is diminishing many freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be inalienable, according to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Myron Von Hollingsworth, Fort Worth, Texas Editor's note: Stop! It was satire a sarcastic diatribe against the war on drugs. Seldom does a letter provoke such inflamed and misunderstood responses as did "Hurrah for the pot police." And because the letter, published in our April 26 issue, was run on our Web site, it elicited reactions not only from local readers, but from Internet users in other states and Canada.