Time to End War on Drugs

RECEIVED Thu., Jan. 29, 2004

Dear Sirs,
    The war on drugs continues to destroy the lives and freedom of our people who choose to smoke marijuana instead of consuming alcohol. The war on drugs was never about trying to stop people from doing drugs; it's about taking away our freedoms and the right to think and choose for ourselves.
    Marijuana is not even half as dangerous as alcohol. Though they act as if it were a hundred times as bad. Is it because the government (CIA) controls the hard drugs and they want people to continue using heroin, speed, and cocaine? Are they afraid the people will plant pot for themselves and stay out of their black market? Do organized crime and the CIA really control our country? You'll notice all so-called anti-drug commercials on television are about pot. They don't talk about the hard drugs anymore, of which alcohol is the worst.
    Even with all of the hateful lies spread by the government, marijuana has become the most popular drug in the world. They will never stop marijuana use, but will continue to destroy lives of people who choose to use it. This will be especially true if the people are poor, black, or brown or have a religion different from themselves. Will we continue to accept this brainwashing from a government that wants to totally control our minds, or will we stand up and demand our rights and just say no to the governmental interference in our lives? There are far too many real crimes in our country that need to be prosecuted without wasting time, money, and personnel on a victimless crime like marijuana use. Legalize it.
Julian Ward
Round Rock, Texas
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