Answering to a Higher Power

RECEIVED Mon., April 3, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Weed Watch” [News, March 31]: Gary Silva and his family deserve our compassion and respect! Our government harassment of the sick and dying is despicable, totally against American ideals. Prohibition triggers more violence, suffering, and death than the drugs themselves.
    Alcohol prohibition was called the noble experiment, while drug prohibition has a more sinister quality. The lessons of history continue to be ignored, and truth has been suppressed concerning marijuana being a miracle medicine, even curing cancer. Obviously our policies are more about profit than the well-being of the individual.
    Tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals account for almost a full quarter of all those who die each year in the U.S. Illicit drugs account for fewer than 1% of total deaths! No deaths attributed to marijuana. Meth is the latest drug war hysteria created to take our eyes off the real killers we tolerate!
    Prohibition is the problem; regulation and treatment is the answer if we want a compassionate policy that reduces harm. War is a tool governments use to make us more accepting of their waste of our precious lives and resources.
    People are going to self-medicate, smoke, drink, and party no matter what the law says. The best we can hope for from our drug policies is to reduce the harm. The war on drugs has made us "the land of the used-to-be-free"! America now has the dubious honor of being the most incarcerated nation in history!
    Leaders responsible for the current quagmire will have to answer to a higher power for their crimes against humanity. It's time to end the terror by changing our intrusive, big-bully policies, both foreign and domestic. The monetary costs are crippling and the human suffering unconscionable.
    Follow the money, expose the root of all evil to overcome cynicism with hope for our vision of a free nation! Support for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent with support for individual freedom, constitutional government, and the teachings of Jesus.
Colleen Minter aka
Bonnie Colleen McCool
Stephenville
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