Panel fuels Reefer Madness |

Panel fuels Reefer Madness

There is only one purpose behind meetings of this sort, especially when a panel consists of a district attorney, a county sheriff, a police captain, and representatives of narcotics enforcement and a drug-free youth group.

‘Just the Facts’ represents the fear, hysteria and repression of nearly a century of Reefer Madness coming undone. Martin Webb is right, ‘Just the opinions’ is more on point.

Of course there are going to be snags with Prop. 19. The last thing that is needed, however, is “duh” factor commentary. It says more about teachers (or, in this instance, the administer that started it) than it does about students.

The myth of Prop. 19 making cannabis more available to teens is contestable. Youth that want access to cannabis already have it.

Prop. 19 provides Federal authorities the opportunity and means to better target cartel activities, provided they can keep their noses out of legislatively approved state matters long enough to affect a difference. Therein is the problem.

Forums like ‘Just the Facts’ don’t encourage dialogue on any level; their only purpose is to fuel the very same angst that promotes Reefer Madness.

Wayne Phillips

Communication Director, Educators For Sensible Drug Policy

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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