HOORAY for Surgeon General Elders!!!!

Matthew Michael Brenner moksha at cats.ucsc.edu
Fri Dec 10 12:59:57 EST 1993


In article <2e9edc$7ub at ukelele.gcr.com> spj at ukelele.gcr.com 
 (Guru Aleph_Null) writes:
>>In article <2e7c4h$pmn at darkstar.UCSC.EDU> moksha at cats.ucsc.edu 
  (Matthew Michael Brenner) writes:
>
>>   To me this is the first truly original idea in American politics
>>in my lifetime.
>
>Its not an original idea; cf. Prohibition and organized crime. Alcohol

 
As the one who started this thread I'd like to add a few things.
 
First of all, it *is* truly original for a high official (no pun intended)
to call for drug legalization, at least in my 24 years of existence.  And
that's plenty of time to assess a failed policy.
 
A fascinating picture emerges when we look at pharmacology.  Specifically, 
how relatively dangerous are different drugs?  To wit:
 
 
tobacco......................................... 400,000 deaths annually
alcohol..........................................100,000 deaths (not
                               including violence attributable to intoxication)
prescription drugs.................................8,000 deaths
heroin & cocaine...................................3,000 deaths
aspirin............................................3,000 deaths
marijuana & the hallucinogens. ...................less than five
 
[these are U.S. Govt statistics for the U.S.]
 
 
That last category of drugs is responsible for *half of all drug arrests*
Why is marijuana, a plant with thousands of uses, including the cloth
and paper that Old Glory and the Constitution were originally printed on;
including safe and effective medicine for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma,
epilepsy, and on and on.  Including as yet untapped potentials for
clean biomass fuel.  Why is marijuana hounded and stomped out?  Why?
Just because it makes some people laugh?
 
The fact that alcohol and tobacco are legal means that we could absorb
the social costs of legalizing any drug.  What we can't absorb is
another fear-based assault on the Constitution.
 
I'm convinced that this is a trial balloon as somebody else suggested.
The Whitehouse is eager to find out where people stand on this issue
and we need to tell them.  Call the President at (202) 456-1111
email him too.  

"He doesn't want to study the matter."  We'll see about that.
 
Oh, and please direct your responses to alt.drugs.  Unless for some pressing
reason you can't.
 
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