Pubdate: Mon, 30 Aug 2010
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2010 Colleen McCool
Author: Colleen McCool


Re "Anniston man finds one state's medicine is another's illicit drug"
(News article, Aug. 18):

Harassing the sick and dying is an un-American activity. It is
overkill and morally bankrupt to arrest nonviolent people for making a
safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other
medicinal/social drugs.

I am afraid murderers and other violent predators roam free while we
police nonviolent adult social, medicinal and religious drug use.
Regulation, science-based education and treating abuse as a medical
problem is a better drug policy that increases public safety and harm
reduction. Prohibition supports despicable people who sell drugs to
children, recruit them to sell to their peers and arm them to kill the

Across America, paramilitary drug raids trigger violence rather than
lessen the risk. All this unconscionable bloodshed is on the hands of
leadership as much as those who pulled the trigger or did the actual
butchering and torturing. It is a policy-created problem.

Now is the time to insist American warriors get their adrenaline rush
catching murderers and other violent predators. I understand that it
will not be possible to stop all murders and rapes. However, get tough
on violent crime. Restore justice, the guardian of liberty.

Use of illegal drugs has increased significantly during the drug war,
and the use of tobacco has decreased due to truth in education and
infomercials about this killer. True science-based drug education
allows everyone to make better health decisions. Support for the
federal war on drugs is inconsistent with support for individual
freedom, constitutional government and the teachings of Jesus, the
Prince of Peace.

Colleen McCool

Stephenville, Texas
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