Pubdate: Thu, 13 Mar 2003
Source: Reporter, The (Fond du Lac, WI)
Copyright: 2003 Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
Author: James Reinke
Bookmark: (Ashcroft, John)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


I am responding to the opinion piece that ran on March 5, written by Ben 
Shapiro, age 19, "Whiners, liars and John Ashcroft."

John Ashcroft has a sick sense on homeland security. Since 9/11 Ashcroft 
has been busy raiding sick and dying Californians. With the threat of 
terrorism, Ashcroft has been responsible for dozens of Medicinal Cannabis 
Clubs and growers being arrested and charged under federal law for their 
state-sanctioned activities.

Two weeks ago there was a raid on pipe makers across the country; over 50 
people were arrested. These were not pipe bomb makers but pipes for 
smoking. These artisans are not threats to our security. It is a waste of 
tax dollars to think that stopping glassmakers will stop drugs.

After 9/11, Ashcroft stated he would pull agents from the failed drug war, 
so they could focus on terrorists. He seems to have a misguided sense of 

Let us end prohibition again, bring drug money into the nation's economy 
and make sure the drug trade does not fund terrorists. Taxing drug sales 
could finance treatment and prevention education options.

Non-violent and medicinal drug users are not a threat to security.

Where is Osama?

James Reinke, Madison
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