Pubdate: Fri, 05 Apr 2002
Source: Royal Gazette, The (Bermuda)
Copyright: 2002 The Royal Gazette Ltd.
Author: Richard Sinnott


Dear Sir,

I see now that even proper and respectable Bermuda is being drawn into the 
theatre of the absurd caused by the US-led international drug prohibition.

I could not help but chuckle to myself while reading your recent story 
about Bermuda soldiers smelling enough like cannabis to alert the 
ubiquitous drug dogs upon returning from training in the ganja capital of 
the world.

Quite a funny story, actually. Somehow reminiscent of an old Keystone Cops 

The sad part, of course, is that the self-respect and dignity of the 
Bermuda soldiers was sullied at the hands of this most pernicious drug 
prohibition. But even Abraham Lincoln knew that prohitibion was harmful to 
any society. He said that "prohibition strikes a blow at the very 
principles upon which our government was founded."

Indeed, as events in Bermuda have demonstrated once again, prohibition 
seeks out dignity and common sense and destroys them slowly but thoroughly. 
I always thought you folks in Bermuda had a little more sense than to 
follow the mindless zeal of the American drug prohibition.


Fort Pierce, Florida
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