Libertarianz Laments Another Drug War Casualty

12 September 2008 12:00:00

“The death of police officer Sergeant Don Wilkinson, who paid the ultimate price yesterday while fighting the government’s War on Drugs™, is a tragedy,” said Libertarianz Drugs Spokesman, Dr. Richard Goode. “No doubt the gunman responsible for his death will be justly punished,” says Goode, “but those in government who authorise and continually escalate the War on Drugs™, and those who voted them in, must also shoulder some measure of blame for Sergeant Wilkinson’s death.

“The government does not send New Zealand troops to die in foreign pest-holes fighting other nations’ misbegotten wars. Nor should the government send New Zealand’s police officers to die fighting the misbegotten War on Drugs™,” says Goode. “Prohibition does NOT prevent drug-related harms. It causes Prohibition-related harms, including dead police officers.”

In yesterday’s other news, notes Goode, celebrity Millie Elder has been arrested and charged with possession for supply of the class A drug methamphetamine. “Is Elder a P addict?” asks Goode. “If she is, then she needs help from friends, family and mental health professionals – not life imprisonment! If she’s not, then her choice of recreational drug is no-one else’s business.”

“Also in yesterday’s news, the Timaru Herald reports ‘progress’ in the War on Drugs – a new bureaucracy has been created! Customers buying pseudoephedrine based medications over the counter in Timaru must supply their names and addresses for entry into a computer database. Meanwhile, kilograms of this P ingredient continue to flood across our borders from Asia.”

“The double tragedy is that Sergeant Wilkinson’s death was in vain. Prohibition does not keep our families and communities safer,” says Goode. “In fact it makes New Zealand a more dangerous place to live, by giving organised crime a monopoly on a multi-million dollar industry. Prohibition doesn’t work. If it did, there would be no P ‘epidemic’. Prohibition has not kept Millie Elder from using P. It has not reduced demand for P. Only a sensible drug policy, such as the Libertarianz Transitional Drug Policy, can do that.”

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For more information contact:

Dr. Richard Goode
Libertarianz Drugs Spokesman
Phone: 021 340 057
Email: [email protected]

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