Friday, February 8, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 89



Using drugs now supports terror

Jared Maloney
Guest Columnist

If you were watching the Super Bowl, then you were subjected to government-funded, cynical claptrap during the commercials. To
paraphrase one, "If you use drugs, then you help support terrorism."

The two commercials that aired as part of a pretentious $180-million-a-year media campaign aimed at reducing drug use among youth
in America cost $3.4 million. It is infuriating that the government would spend so much money blaming Americans for terrorism, when
more than half of those in need of drug treatment do not have access to it.

Recently, in California, terminally ill patients watched from the streets as federal agents ransacked a marijuana distribution club, legal
under California law and designed to provide a safe environment for the sick to receive their medical marijuana. Even though they had
prescriptions from their doctors, their medication was taken away. Even though the public spoke out from the polls and said, "Let those in
need not suffer any longer," the federal government and its empowered henchmen trampled the state law and condemned those in need
to agony. 

To further torment them, our government accuses those who seek relief from their pain of supporting the terrorists who attacked our

We cannot let the mixed messages of the government delude us any longer, especially since the majority of illicit drug users in America
use marijuana, and most of that marijuana is transported over the border from Mexico, Jamaica and Canada not from Afghanistan and
other terrorist factions.

Sometime during the last century our country strayed from the logic of nature. If there is a god out there, then he is the one who created
that plant known as cannabis. If it were harvested just like corn or wheat, or any other plant, those who buy it would not have to turn to
violent drug dealers. How dare the government accuse a body of peaceful citizens of supporting those wretched men who wrought
havoc on our country?

Of course it's not true that all marijuana users are dying of cancer or have glaucoma. Actually, most probably use it for the high alone.
Just like those who smoke tobacco. And just like those who drink alcohol. Why is the distinction made? Why is there a jail sentence? Is
tobacco helpful to medicine? Can alcohol not be lethal?

When someone in need is prescribed a medication and obtains it, the person should not be accused of supporting terrorists, when more
than likely he or she would be supporting the economies of our neighboring nations. 

And when that is what people are forced to do by their government, they should not be chastised and ridiculed on national television in
the name of the war on drugs. That name has come to signify futility. But now, it's coming to mean something far worse hatred. Think
back to the plight of Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for oppressed people. When did we forget our civic duties? When did we become
so un-American?

Maloney, a freshman English major,
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