Letters to the Editor

Pot cannons inspired
by farcical Drug War

Dear Editor:

First it was submarines, then drug tunnels, bribery and ultra-lights.

Now we have marijuana cannons. Drug prohibition is the mother of invention and the father of laughs.

And if a drug dealer gets caught in a failed supply-side smuggling adventure, he or she can hire a reformed DEA agent or former assistant U.S. attorney to mount a defense. As the Guardian has reported, “US prosecutors and other senior officials who spearheaded the war against drug cartels have quit their jobs to defend Colombian cocaine traffickers, saying their clients are not bad people and that United States drug policy is wrong.”

The former prosecutors and senior drug war officials are at least half right on that score.

And on the demand side, if a drug user becomes addicted to outlawed drugs thus made ever stronger and more available, he or she can turn to an employee assistance program designed by a senior head of the DEA or a recovered drug addict now making a living off the “disease” of drug use.

The drug war is a colossal bad (and deadly) joke played on a trusting public who have tolerated it for over 40 years but who are beginning to awaken.

Worst of all, March 11 through 15 in Vienna, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs will sign up the world for another year of the same drug-prohibition nonsense as communities including Gresham, Englewood and Humboldt Park continue to bury their dead, distracted by calls for bigger and better gun control instead of demanding an end to the killer war on drugs: Public Enemy No. 1. Heartbreaking.

James E. Gierach
Palos Park