UK: PUB LTE: Plan Colombia (2 of 2)

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by weedboss, May 2, 2003.


    While biowarfare in the form of pathogenic fungi is still in the testing phase, Plan Colombia's aerial fumigation program is well underway. in an effort to eradicate the coca crops used to make cocaine, toxic herbicides are sprayed from above, hitting water supplies, staple crops and people. The fumigation campaign drives peasants deeper into the Amazon basin, which in turn leads to more rainforest deforestation.

    Destroy the Colombian coca supply and production will increase in neighbouring Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Destroy every last plant in South America and domestic methamphetamine ( speed ) production will boom to meet the demand for cocaine-like drugs. If South America's rainforests are to survive the self-professed champions of the free market in the US Congress had better learn to apply basic economic principles to drug policy.

    For the same reasons alcohol prohibition failed in the US, the drug war has been doomed from the start. Eradicating plants abroad and building prisons at home is not going to make the US 'drug-free'. Instead of wasting scarce resources waging a punitive drug war, the US should be funding cost-effective drug treatment. Prison cells are hardly ideal health interventions. Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war is worse.

    Robert Sharpe, Drug Policy Alliance, Washington, USA

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