Pubdate: Tue, 18 Mar 2003
Source: Reporter, The (Fond du Lac, WI)
Copyright: 2003 Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
Author: Susan J. Wolfe
Bookmark: (Ashcroft, John)
Bookmark: (ONDCP Media Campaign)


In response to Mr. Shapiro, who idolizes Attorney General John Ashcroft so 

It is not Mr. Ashcroft's policy on terrorism that frightens me. In fact, I 
didn't yet realize that Mr. Ashcroft has a policy on terrorism; he seems 
more interested in arresting marijuana smokers than in catching Osama bin 

His big show at the Superbowl, on which he spent four million tax dollars 
in an attempt to convince millions of football fans that marijuana and 
terrorism are related, has become a joke.

And a bad one, at that. In Santa Cruz, California, the DEA used human and 
financial resources to raid a medicinal marijuana facility that quite 
literally houses the sickest of the sick, even after voters approved 
Proposition 215 which legalized medicinal marijuana in the state.

One would think that, with the prospect of the U.S. going to war with not 
one, but two countries - yes, Virginia, we ARE going to war with Iraq AND 
North Korea - at the same time, our attorney general might be too busy to 
concern himself primarily with arresting "rave" club and "headshop" owners 
simply for catering to the likes of marijuana smokers.

But in fact, that is what he is concentrating on - and that is one of the 
things that critics of Mr. Ashcroft will find worthy of criticism every time.

Susan J. Wolfe

Green Bay
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