Dear prohibitionists: Please stop 'helping' us
THE Associated Press now
reports that cocaine use is on the rise on the Big Island -- again! I have a
sincere message for all prohibition-minded citizens, lawmakers, police, D.A.R.E.
(Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the Drug Enforcement Agency and others who
profit from the failed war on drugs: Please stop what you've foolishly and
unconstitutionally been doing to us for decades. Give up and turn yourselves in
for treatment. Your addiction to a failed social policy plus your continuous
promotion of disinformation about cannabis is killing Hawaii's right to privacy,
domestic tranquility and security. Your services are no longer welcome.
Look at the results. You have done more damage to Hawaii than all of our
so-called enemies put together. Terrorists? Osama bin Laden? North Korea? China?
Russia? You prohibitionists have them beat by a mile. You couldn't be bigger
failures at protecting us if you tried.
Gov. Linda Lingle, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, state Narcotics Enforcement Division
chief Keith Kamita, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim, Hawaii County Councilman James
Arakaki, Dr. Fred Holschuh, Larry Burnette and the Hawaii High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Agency, just to name a few, the community can't take your "help" any
more. Now the Legislature has taken away our precious constitutional right to
privacy for our electronic communications because of your -- and their -- policy
failures. Why should the good people of Hawaii be made to suffer the loss of
freedom for your prejudice and stupidity?
Hawaii used to be lovely. Marijuana cultivation and enjoyment was a key part
of that loveliness. Prohibition destroyed it. You blew it. We all know that
marijuana is at least medical, yet the Honolulu Police Department's Web site
still doesn't acknowledge this fact. Marijuana is still scheduled in Hawaii law
as having "no recognized medical value." How can that be, six years after the
medical use of marijuana became legal here?
Prohibitionists created, supported and funded the Green Harvest marijuana
eradication program, which caused a substitution factor of marijuana users
turning to crack, heroin and crystal meth, or "ice." Simple as that. Then you
exported this failed policy to other jurisdictions, which now also suffer ice
epidemics. If a criminal is one who commits a crime or causes one to occur, you
are the biggest criminals in Hawaii history.
How many of our children have you caused to be attracted to ice and crime?
Who knows? You refuse to account for it in program reviews or any official
studies or reports. Who can blame you for that? I can. Too many of our neighbors
and relatives rot in prisons here and on the mainland, yet you're hoping to
retire comfortably with big, fat pensions and cushy health benefits.
On your watch and because of your policies the people of Hawaii suffer for
decades. No one gets fired for this, and you keep the failed programs going. I
will do my best to keep shining a light on your malfeasance until this situation
is healed once and for all.
Prohibitionists, you have stolen the liberty, the freedom, the health and the
hope of our good people. Now we want it back.
Roger Christie is founder of the THC Ministry in Hilo,