Pubdate: Fri, 19 Jul 2002
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Times Colonist
Author: Chuck Beyer
Bookmark: (Terrorism)


The RCMP is using a very illogical argument in regards to the relationship 
between presently illegal drugs and terrorism.

It is prohibition that finances terrorism -- not drugs. It should be noted 
that terrorists are not opening liquor stores, pharmacies or corner 
groceries to finance terrorism. Drugs were not funding terrorism before 
Prohibition, and today legal drugs do not finance terrorism.

It is estimated that only around five per cent of illegal drugs are 
interdicted. Even if we built 10 times as many prisons and filled them with 
drug users there would still be 50 per cent reaching the market.

Until now, people who did not use drugs could ignore the war being waged by 
the government against 10 per cent of the population. But now that 
terrorism is in the spotlight, everyone can be a victim of prohibition.

Voters should ask politicians : "Do you support drug prohibition because it 
finances criminals at home or because it finances terrorists abroad?"

Chuck Beyer,

B.C. Marijuana Party,

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