Drug War Just McCarthyism Revisited

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 27, 2006

Dear Editor,
   German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel once said, "What experience and history teach is this – that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it."["Reefer Madness," News, Oct. 27]
   The creation of an online drug-dealer registry and the Communities Leading Everyone Away From Narcotics Through Online Warning Notification Act, or, CLEAN TOWN Act, for all sense and purpose, is McCarthyism revisited except in place of communism and communists, it's all the individuals convicted of drug distribution, conspiracy, or even possession with intent to distribute.
   Not only is its relation to cannabis debatable, it bears that distinct trait of being counterproductive while stigmatizing its intended targets, which, like McCarthyism, was its intent. Like all purpose posing as patriotism, it too will eat away at the heart of America like a cancer undiagnosed.
   Ironically, more than any portrayal depicting the negative effects of cannabis, once again "reefer madness" has shown itself to be an apt description for the state of mind of canna-phobic politicians and wannabe statesmen with illusions of grandeur and the scruples of pimps looking to carve names for themselves.
Wayne Phillips
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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