Pubdate: Thu, 30 Jun 2005
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2005 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Loretta Nall
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


The Kerry Spencer case out of Birmingham is a tragic example of the 
damage prohibition (of drugs) has done to our country. Due to the 
drug war, thousands of police officers, drug users and dealers, along 
with innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire, have died needless deaths.

We have more than 2 million U.S. citizens in prison, many of them on 
drug-related charges. Even as our children have alarmingly easy 
access to any drug they desire, our police have become soldiers 
engaged in an unwinnable war against the American people, while our 
Constitution and Bill of Rights have been destroyed.

It seems to me that Americans have been fooled into paying for their 
worst nightmare, and the bigger the failure of the drug war, the more 
money we are asked to pump into it.

I don't think the average citizen should support any government 
program that puts all of us at greater risk and fails us year after year.

When will the needless death and destruction end? When will the 
citizens of America accept that prohibition has never worked and will 
never work, no matter how many lives and tax dollars it consumes.

My thoughts are with all of the families caught up in this tragedy, 
which could have been avoided if people would only wake up and 
realize that, as in the case of prohibition, the cure is worse than 
the disease.

Loretta Nall

Alabama Marijuana Party
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