Reader’s Digest, America’s favourite washroom literature, recently presented “Drugs are Back – Big Time”, a revealing check-up on the War on Drugs that salutes prohibitionist values? but oooh so subtle.
It points out the trail of rusty zeros the victory-challenged good guys have wracked up. Experts consulted offered cassette testimony on the importance of carrying on with the war on drugs, a war on youth. Their views reveal that they have been out of social cel-phone range all along.
“For 13 years (since 1984!) marijuana use has dropped because of an unrelenting, unified chorus of parents, schools, the media, and national leaders who made sure teens understood that drugs, starting with marijuana, were dangerous and unacceptable,” says Dr Robert Dupont, retired First Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Washington.
Reader’s Digest presented a very different real world, where Cypress Hill pulls out a 6 foot bong on stage at Lolapalooza and dudes puff Philly Blunts across the land.
Professor of Pharmacology Billy Martin, pegged as a leading marijuana researcher, shouts, “It’s obvious that hemp is a facade to give marijuana a better name!” That’s true, but we don’t think he meant it as a compliment.
Nonetheless, Readers Digest, the Utne Reader of the laxative lickers, tells us “hemp products such as wallets, jeans and hats have proliferated, and their popularity is evident among teens?” (tomorrow’s shoppers) and then ices this with “Hemp Adidas”, the kiss of mainstream shopping confidence!
Billionaire antiprohibitionist George Soros declined an interview with the sandwich-sized magazine, but his spokeswoman dismissed prohibition as not exactly a good thing.
Reader’s Digest sells CD’s of Mel Tourme music, and in their world stove-top stuffing still rules!