Pubdate: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 Source: 100 Mile House Free Press (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 100 Mile House Free Press Contact: http://www.100milefreepress.net/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2143 Author: Russell Barth, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n320/a03.html?1320 POT PROHIBITIONISTS ARE WRONG To the editor: I am responding to Richard K. Hode's letter, headlined Spying on neighbours bad, on page A12 of your May 18 edition. Mr. Hode is correct in comparing the modern pogrom on cannabis users and growers to the Spanish Inquisition. There are other similar comparisons throughout history (the East German's Stasi would be a better comparison). But the thing I find most frightening is a full half of our citizens will observe these similarities between the inquisition and the modern war on certain drugs - and still insist our modern war is valid and just. [This would include Prime Minister] Stephen Harper and his cabinet. Prohibitionists are like religious zealots: when presented with facts, history, science, and data, they simply refuse to acknowledge it. Instead, they dig in their heels, and insist even more vehemently that they are right because they believe themselves to be right. "Nothing you can say will make me change my mind" is a phrase I hear often when discussing drug laws with prohibitionists. Not listening is one thing, but refusing to listen and ignoring data that you don't agree with is completely Alice-In-Wonderland absurd. Yet our government and half of Canada's population do exactly that. This does much to explain why we have these problems. Maybe we should start locking up prohibitionists for everyone's safety. Russell Barth Educators for Sensible Drug Policy - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.