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    Filed at 2:58 pm under by dcobranchi

    Time Magazine has an interesting article about smuggling marijuana into the US from Canada. What caught my eye was this bit of misdirection from a DEA agent:

    Canada’s attitude toward small-scale toking up has led some U.S. officials to blame the northerners for the influx of BC Bud in America. “If the perception is that it will be easier to get marijuana in Canada … then it creates problems at the border,” Paul Cellucci, U.S. ambassador to Canada, said at a Toronto Board of Trade dinner in February. Indeed, the trade has led to an increase in drive-by shootings in Canada by rival dealers, and to “grow-rips,” in which competing clans break into growers’ houses to steal their crops, according to Canadian police. The body of the suspected ringleader of a trafficking group was found stabbed in the neck in a ditch in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in November 2002. “It’s still a dangerous drug,” says James Capra, the DEA’s chief of domestic operations. “People are killing each other over it.”

    Surely he knows better. The “danger” is entirely fabricated by our War on Drugs. And, when a drug is described as dangerous, it’s usually because of some problem inherent in its use. So, to say that cocaine is dangerous is legitimate. It is addictive and can kill. To say that marijuana is dangerous because some bad people go to war over it, is being just a bit disingenuous.

    And, in a related development, Chris reports that marijuana kills cancer cells.

    2 Responses to “OT: A DANGEROUS DRUG”

    Comment by
    August 18th, 2004
    at 3:06 pm

    Of course, he fails to mention that the only reason people kill each other over it is because the “War on Drugs” has made it insanely profitable to deal in the stuff.

    Comment by
    Mike Peach
    August 18th, 2004
    at 5:46 pm

    Oh how I have missed this sanity