Newsbrief: Barr Booed for Anti-Pot Remarks in Home District Event 5/17/02

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Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA), a former prosecutor, occasional libertarian, and hard-line opponent of any drug law reform, got less than a warm welcome from attendees at a debate in conservative west Cobb County in his home district Monday night. Barr, who among other accomplishments, can personally claim credit for blocking Washington, DC voters' wishes to implement a medical marijuana regime in the District, was greeted with repeated catcalls and boos during his debate with radio talk show host and avowed Libertarian Neil Boortz.

"Just say no to drugs," said the congressman. "Just say no to Neil Boortz. There is no legitimate use whatsoever for marijuana," claimed Barr, ignoring a growing mountain of evidence that suggests just the opposite. "This is not medicine. This is bogus witchcraft," he fulminated. "It has no place in medicine, no place in pain relief, and it has no place around our children."

Barr also repeated the discredited "gateway drug" mantra, arguing that legalization of even medical marijuana would open the door to the "anarchy" of increased drug use and the "scourge of mind-altering drugs." And he rejected treating marijuana like alcohol or tobacco, saying that would be "comparing apples to oranges." He explained: "The difference is that people can take alcohol in modest amounts without it hindering their abilities."

It seems that even in conservative Cobb County, people are growing tired of the mélange of half-truths, distortions, and outright lies Barr and his ilk have to resort to in order to defend their failed drug war. Boortz, whose show is syndicated nationally, got a much more positive reaction from the crowd, which ranged from high school students to people in their 70s, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

"I own my own mind, the government does not. I control how I use it," said Boortz. "If I want to use it to do nothing but put Armor All on the wheels of my house trailer all day, that's my decision."

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