Pubdate: Wed, 10 Apr 2002
Source: Burlington Post (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 Burlington Post
Author: Alan Randell


Re: Growing marijuana has become big business in Ontario where grow house 
arrests are on the rise (Apr. 3, The Post)

Why do governments ban certain drugs?

It can't be to protect users because banning a drug always leads to more 
deaths amongst users, not fewer.

My wife and I became well acquainted with that aspect of government policy 
when we lost our 19-year-old son to street heroin in 1993.

It can't be to reduce the crime associated with drugs because banning a 
drug always gives rise to more crime than when the drug is legally available.

So what else could it be other than to distract attention away from more 
important issues by conducting a brutal pogrom, first to ostracize and then 
to destroy the innocent few who ingest or sell certain drugs.

This has the additional "benefit" of allowing our politicians and cops, 
along with their media sycophants, the pleasure of strutting and swaggering 
before us as they promise to ride out like St. George and slay the fearsome 
and deadly dragon of drugs while sticking the taxpayer with the cost?

How did the politicians win our approval, or at least our acceptance, of 
such a manifestly evil crusade? The media, in two ways.

First, it immerses us in a torrent of "objective" accounts of the mayhem 
without allowing the victims' stories to be told. Gradually we are 
persuaded "they only have themselves to blame."

Second, the media never misses an opportunity to allow those who profit 
from the drug laws (cops, drug experts, prosecutors, politicians) to tell 
their stories while allowing only the occasional letter from those who 
oppose the law.

As to why do the media support a brutal government pogrom like our drug 
laws, I can only surmise that tragedy, suffering and war sell more 
newspapers and leads to higher TV ratings than happiness, contentment and 

How should we describe the relationship between politicians who engage in 
such a loathsome pogrom and the media that support it?

Axis of Evil sounds about right to me.

Alan Randell

Victoria, B.C (by e-mail) 
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