Pubdate: Sun, 26 Aug 2001
Source: Post-Standard, The (NY)
Copyright: 2001, Syracuse Post-Standard
Author: Larry Seguin


To the Editor;

The current global trend is to move away from the American "do drugs-do 
time" drug policy model, especially as it pertains to marijuana. It is not 
a war on drugs. It is a war on drug users, especially those from 
underprivileged and minority groups, driven by ignorance and fear and waged 
with lies. ( America is on a lonely road in it's drug policy, 23 August 2001.)

The U.S. was unseated from the UN Human Rights Commission and the 
International Narcotics Control Board. Why? Could it be our drug war 

What country in it's right mind want our statistics!

1980-- 50,000 incarcerated, today 2 million. 500,000 ( 1 of every 4 ) for 
non-violent drug use.

1980-- 581,000 arrested for drug violations. Last year, 1.6 million 
arrested for drug violations.

A 573% increase in female prison population in 20 years. 50% in for drug use.

1980 federal drug control budget $1 billion. This years budget $19.5 
billion. ( Bush just allocated another 1/2 billion for Colombia.) An 
estimated $40 billion is spent by state and local governments.

The Drug War is just one factor of a greater, much more frightening 
problem. Our politicians think they know what is best for us morally, 
physically, and ethically.

Larry Seguin  Lisbon, New York
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