Pubdate: Tue, 29 Dec 2009
Source: Aspen Times Weekly (CO)
Copyright: 2009 Aspen Times
Author: Greg Patchick


Dear Editor:

The business aspect of prohibition is the main reason our drug war has
gone unabated for decades. We have 2.3 million people in our prisons
and county jails -- more than any other country in the world. Our
prison industry is gigantic. Police officers, judges, attorneys -- many
subsist from the misery created by the drug war.

Also, pharmaceutical companies stand to lose billions in revenue if
marijuana were legal. They have a lot of influence in Washington, and
because of these combined forces, it might be a few more years before
we see a profound change in our drug laws.

If this world were run by computers, or automatons, pure logic would
dictate that marijuana is a relatively benign herbal drug, one that
should be placed in a category that is appropriate for such a drug.
However, we are humans with intense emotions, avarice and prejudices.
Because of this fact, logic is distorted, and millions suffer because
of our innate human flaws.

Once we stop jailing our fellow citizens for using plants as medicine,
feeling good or spiritual awareness, we will have made true progress
as a species.

Greg Patchick

Oakland, Calif. (formerly of Aspen) 
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