Pubdate: Sun, 01 Oct 2000
Source: Summit Free Press (CO)
Copyright: 2000 Summit Free Press, Inc.
Contact:  PO Box 8386, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Note: Title by MAP
Author: Patrick L. Lilly, Tom Suther, Frank from Wisconsin


Dear Summit Free Press:

There is a lot I could say about the violent arrest of Fred Hopson and
Shannon Scott, as reported in the Free Press ("Medical Marijuana arrest of
Breckenridge man," by Doug Malkan, Sept. 1). I will, however, limit myself
to the two most salient points.

First, the incredible, military-style violence used in this attack was not a
fluke or an unusual event. It is STANDARD PROCEDURE in all police actions
involving claims of "drugs." This is true nationwide, not just in Park
County. People who find this shocking, as they should, need to realize that
this is what you sign on to if you apologize for the insane drug war against
the people of America. If you want to change it, it will do no good at all
to complain about this one incident. You must join the opposition to the
drug war and drug prohibition in general.

Second, there is one, and ONLY one, way to put a stop to this and the other
violent abuses of the drug prohibitionists: Vote Libertarian.

While Democrats and Republicans alike continue to prate about the so-called
"dangers" of banned drugs, they can be counted on to continue to let the
prohibition enforcers run amok in society with their military weaponry.

ONLY Libertarians have any commitment to ending the violent madness of

Patrick L. Lilly, Occupied Cheyenne Canon, near Colorado Springs

Dear Summit Free Press:

After reading what your police paramilitaries did to the Breckenridge couple
who got busted for medical marijuana, I am sure dismayed by the way people
treat other people.

Isn't there a bit or shred of decency around anymore? Why do you hire people
whose only job it is to hurt other people?

Making the lady stand with hands above her head naked is purely mean and
uncalled for. Not allowing this person his medicine is inhumane.

The people of Breckenridge should be ashamed of how these people are
treated, especially since all they want to do is make a living and not be
supported by the "good" people of Colorado.

Remember you are also the home to the paramilitaries who killed the
inncocent Mr. Mena in a drug raid gone bust. Sick Sick Sick.

Cheers, and hopefully you can learn peace and kindness to other humans.

Tom Suther - Oronoco, Minnesota

Dear Summit Free Press:

I read about the horrible way the Breckenridge police treated the man who
needs medical marijuana. Your police are very cruel.

I like to go skiing in Colorado, but if this is the way you treat sick
people, I think I'll take my skiing elsewhere. You should fire these idiots!

Frank, Wisconsin
- ---
MAP posted-by: Don Beck