Pubdate: Mon, 23 Feb 2004
Source: Press Journal (FL)
Copyright: 2004, The E.W. Scripps Co.
Author: Bruce Symington
Note: Titled by MAP


It is too bad that the speaker from the U.S. drug policy office did not 
introduce a "fact-based marijuana initiative" in her presentation to the 
students at Indian River Community College. If she had, of course, she 
would have had to admit that the "myths" she was decrying are in truth, the 
facts, and the myths and lies are contained in what she and the cop said.

This administration seems to be operating on the same premise as the Nazis 
in 1930s Germany: The bigger the lie, and the more often it is told, the 
more it will be believed. If one views the information readily available on 
the Internet or reads the excellent book, "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana 
Facts," by Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan, where the myths she spoke are 
dealt with in a fact-based manner and the truth of cannabis is revealed, 
one can know immediately that the government lies and so do the police.

It is past time that the media asked these minions of the public service to 
justify their position with facts, not lies, half-lies and myths, instead 
of constantly giving them a free walk. You do a disservice to the citizens 
of the world when you allow these lies to be spread in your medium 

Bruce Symington,

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom