Packets of Reefer Madness wrapped up in a caricature called Peter Hitchens.
There is another aspect of this case that the smug media seem to be avoiding. Look at the strange picture of the alleged killer Jared Loughner. He has just been arrested for a crime for which he could be put to death, if convicted. And he is smiling. From this, and from many other things we already know about this man, it seems likely that he has lost his reason.
Why and how? The most likely cause is Loughnerâ€™s daily cannabis-smoking habit. The link between this drug and serious mental illness grows clearer every day. Wickedly, the dope lobby still tries to deny this and seeks to legalise it.
Loughner has been, for much of his short life, a habitual smoker of this so-called â€˜softâ€™ organic drug. This is not in doubt. Police records, the testimony of U.S. army recruiters who rejected him partly on these grounds, and the accounts of several friends confirm that Loughner is a marijuana victim.
Yes, I know. Not all cannabis-smokers lose their minds. And not all cigarette-smokers get cancer. But in both cases the risk is enough to cause concern.
When police caught him driving a car that stank of marijuana, Loughner was let off, as he would have been here. So much (as usual) for the non-existent â€˜war against drugsâ€™. Cannabis is now effectively legal in Britain and in several parts of the USA, where this dangerous and unpredictable poison is ironically permitted for â€˜medical useâ€™.
Arizona voters, fooled by years of cynical and shameful â€˜cannabis is harmlessâ€™ propaganda, approved just such a stupid law in November.
The town council of liberal Pima (scene of the murders) last week took the first step towards licensing â€˜dispensariesâ€™ for dope.
Arizona has always had plenty of guns. America has always had heated political rhetoric. What is new is that it now has legal dope as well.
Those who are seriously interested in public safety should worry less about guns and radio shock jocks, and more about the little packets of madness on sale in every school.
Of course, it’s no surprise that this is in the Daily Mail, that bastion of Reefer Madness propaganda.
And Hitchens has long had an irrational and fact-free hatred of marijuana (makes me wonder if his girlfriend in college left him for someone with a bong). He once called for a law requiring a year of hard labor for a second offense of marijuana possession.
Mostly, he’s just a nutcase inside an authoritarian “moral” conservative, who is less interested in morality than in forcing people to act the way he thinks.