Pubdate: Fri, 14 Jun 2002
Source: Cambridge Reporter, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 The Cambridge Reporter
Author: Alan Randell


This is in response to 13 pot smokers charged (June 7). To characterize 
those kids who were caught smoking marijuana at local schools as "druggies" 
is beneath contempt. There is no more reason to persecute drug users and 
distributors today than there was in the past to hang witches, lynch blacks 
or gas Jews.

Are we better than the Nazis because our drug laws threaten an innocent 
minority with fines or jail rather then with execution? Are we better than 
Hitler because we persecute an innocent minority because of the drugs they 
use or the plant they grow rather than because of the religion they follow? 
I think not.

Are you better than those German editors who published anti-Jew propaganda 
and name-calling as instructed by Hitler's administration?

Considering you have the freedom to present an objective account of these 
tragedies, I would say you're a lot worse.

Alan Randell

Victoria, B.C.
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