Pubdate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 Source: Toccoa Record, The (GA) Copyright: 2011 The Toccoa Record Contact: https://secure.townnews.com/thetoccoarecord.com/forms/letters.php Website: http://www.thetoccoarecord.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5073 Author: John Larson WE ARE SHREDDING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LIBERTIES The war on drugs is really a war on our liberties and rights. The police can pass by your apartment door and if they smell what they perceive as marijuana smoke, they can break it down without a warrant, after a quick knock under the guise that you might be destroying evidence. This ignores the fact that in many states marijuana is legal for medical purposes, so the smoke of the drug is not necessary evidence of a crime. Why do we allow these kind of abuses? Marijuana for example, is less harmful than alcohol. Men aren't getting into fights because of smoking marijuana as they do at times with alcohol. Indeed, a number of innocent individuals have been killed by military style SWAT teams breaking into houses in the dark of night. If an innocent person is killed, than the shooting is excused or justified as the price of doing business in the war on drugs. If an officer dies by an innocent person defending his house by what he believes in the heat of the moment are armed intruders, he gets put on trial for murder one. This has happened numerous times. People lose their cars or boats because of small amounts of marijuana found in them. Indeed, a person might lose money they legitimately earned during a police stop, if it is deemed drug money, without any charges brought against the person. We are shredding our Constitutional rights and liberties in this dumb war, it is time to stop. John Larson Toccoa - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.