There was a time when the Drug Czar and his minions could show up somewhere, spout their lies and misdirection, and the media would dutifully repeat it as established gospel. But it’s getting harder for them.
Check out this editorial by the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ONDCP’s Scott Burns had been in South Dakota doing his usual act and it got a somewhat chilly response:
Burns’ position – and the federal government’s – isn’t just hypocritical. It’s contradictory. On the one hand, he says we can’t scare young people away from drug use; we have to give them scientific facts. Then he ignores the facts.
It’s a mirror of the 70-year-old classic anti-drug propaganda movie “Reefer Madness.” The beginning crawl calls marijuana “The Real Public Enemy Number ONE!!”
In the movie, a school principal tells the PTA of “a young boy … under the influence of drugs … who killed his entire family with an axe.
“… the next tragedy may be that of your daughter’s … or your son’s … or yours … or yours … (then, pointing to the camera) OR YOURS!”
No, by all means, let’s not try to scare people. Let’s give them the scientific facts.
There might be good reasons to vote against our medical marijuana measure on Nov. 7, but the science isn’t one of them. Neither are the government scare tactics.
By the way, be sure to check out the South Dakota for Medical Marijuana blog.