What’s even more annoying is the spokesperson for the legal drug industry, Peter Komendowski, president of Partnership for a Drug-Free Iowa.
In an article in Today’s Des Moines Register, Mr. Komendowski is quoted as saying, “What we’re doing,” said Komendowski, “is sending a mixed message to our kids that some drugs are OK and some aren’t OK. If you know kids, it’s extremely confusing to them if you’re not on message.”
And what is that mixed message, pray tell, Mr. Komendowski? Steven Lukan, the director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, quickly supplies the answer, “A good analogy I was given is that back in the ’60s, smoking a joint was like drinking three beers. You achieved a quick high that didn’t stick around as long,” Lukan said. “Today smoking a joint can be like drinking a keg.”
So, the message we’re currently sending, according to these two, is that alcohol is okay and marijuana is not. Prescription drugs are okay and marijuana is not. That message is exactly the opposite of what it should be. These intellectually bankrupt representatives of the legal drug industry haven’t made a step toward making alchohol and tobacco illegal in Iowa, or denying access to prescription drugs. Alcohol and tobacco, along with prescription drugs, are the biggest killers out there. Marijuana has never killed anyone.
So, the message, kids, is that you should drink lots of alcohol and smoke lots of cigarettes so you can get sick and use lots of prescription drugs. Got it? Good, now shut up and do what you’re told.
I don’t know about you, but I’d vote for Representative Bruce Hunter or Senator Joe Bolkcom for governor in the next election if I had the opportunity. Both of them promised to fight vigorously for the rights of Iowans to choose a safe and effective medicinal herb over toxic chemicals chosen for us by the legal drug industry.