Pubdate: Thu, 24 Aug 2000
Source: Irish Examiner (Ireland)
Copyright: Examiner Publications Ltd, 2000
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


The alcohol lobby successfully opposes the inclusion of alcohol in the 
Government's anti drug campaign.

The campaign begins to look extremely stupid when it ignores alcohol, which 
kills more people than all illegal substances combined, and concentrates on 
cannabis, which has not caused a single death in over 5,000 years.

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, and 
the politicians themselves 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 promotes, justifies 
and perpetuates racist enforcement policies and diminishes many freedoms 
that are supposed to be inalienable.

Myron Von Hollingsworth, Fort Worth, Texas
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