Pubdate: Tue, 25 Jul 2000
Source: Evening Courier (UK)
Copyright: 2000 The Halifax Courier Ltd.
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Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


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 the medical or unrestricted adult
legislation 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 profitised successfully the government
can't justify legalisation, even for the sick and dying.

Unfortunately a change in current policy of prohibition would
necessitate that the alternative (legalisation) 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.

Myron Von Hollingsworth
Malvey Avenue
Fort Worth
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