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August 28, 2012

Letters to the editor - Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

U.S. war on drugs threatens liberty

The war on drugs in our nation and the world doesn’t make any sense and is leading to a loss of liberty.

In cities across America, police can take away your money by threatening you with jail time, even if you have no drugs in your car after being pulled over for a traffic offense.

Yes, you don’t need to be charged with an actual crime under civil asset forfeiture to lose your property. Not much more than mere suspicion is necessary.

In San Clemente, Calif. – more than 50 miles from Mexico – Border Patrol agents took a man’s car because his son’s friend had a small amount of marijuana, along with a marijuana registration card!

Yes, you don’t have to be right at the border to have the Border Patrol stop you and ask you questions and take your car. One hundred miles of the border is basically a Fourth Amendment-free zone.

Nicholas Delpopolo, a U.S. judo athlete, was kicked out of the Olympics for testing positive for marijuana. First of all, marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug. It’s not like steroids. It does not give an advantage.

Secondly, it is legal in a few nations. There is no logical reason that it is banned by the Olympics, other than drug war hysteria.

Alcohol is illegal in some Olympic nations, specifically Middle Eastern Muslim theocracies. Should they get the power to ban alcohol by Olympians?

About half of the people in the U.S. have used marijuana. Michael Phelps has the most Olympic gold medals ever, and he smoked marijuana. Our national obsession with punitive action against users is, well, stupid.

By the way, isn’t it about time we had medical marijuana in Indiana?

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