Pubdate: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 Source: Daily Herald, The (Provo, UT) Copyright: 2007 The Daily Herald Contact: http://www.heraldextra.com Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1480 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n376/a02.html Author: Robert Sharpe THE CONSTITUTION SHOULDN'T BE A CASUALTY OF DRUG WAR Prescription overdose deaths are now second only to motor-vehicle crashes as a cause of death from unintentional injury. Television is filled with pro-drug messages paid for by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies. The Bush administration doesn't have a problem with corporate drug pushers. But hoist a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner at an off-campus high school rally in Alaska, and you'll be fought all the way to the Supreme Court. It's not clear how this nonsensical phrase somehow merits limiting free speech. Culture warriors in the White House seem to think the war on pot is more important than the Constitution. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there: By raiding medical marijuana providers in California, the very same Bush administration that claims illicit drug use funds terrorism is forcing cancer and AIDS patients into the hands of street dealers. Apparently, marijuana prohibition is more important than protecting the country from terrorism, too. Robert Sharpe, Arlington, Va.