Pubdate: Tue, 06 Feb 2007
Source: Langley Advance (CN BC)
Copyright: 2007 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc.
Author: Chris Buors
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Dear Editor,

Ken Marsh ought to consider the Orwellian notion of the bought mind 
before he makes a blanket statement concerning believing police over 
a cannabis user on the ideological issue of liberty [Police officers 
easier to believe, Jan. 9 Letters, Langley Advance].

"The bought mind- is a spoiled mind," said Orwell.

Even more Orwellian is the notion of the police expressing political 
opinions. The constitution gives Canadians freedom of thought, yet 
the state has controlled the dialog on drugs for about 100 years.

As a libertarian, I am prepared to argue drug prohibition's merits 
with anybody from the political spectrum; in a free society, citizens 
ought not have to argue with the police.

The police are authorities on policing, not ideology. In a free 
society, the police would not allow themselves to be used as pawns.

Chris Buors,

Manitoba Marijuana Party
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