Quote of the Week: A.M. Rosenthal shows off his knowledge of narcotics and his respect for Mexico's sovereignty 8/1/97

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This week's quote comes from A.M. Rosenthal in his 7/29 NY Times op-ed in which he voices his opposition to the nomination of William Weld as ambassador to Mexico. Citing Weld's support of medicinal marijuana. Rosenthal writes:

"The arrival of an American ambassador who favors even partial legalization of the most widely abused narcotic would be an insult to those Mexican officials and voters who struggle for a decent government."

Rosenthal demonstrates that the problem isn't drugs, the problem is ignorance. First of all, marijuana isn't a narcotic; this is known to anyone who has done the most basic reading on the topic. Rosenthal's op-ed goes downhill from there. It's the US government's strong-arming of other nations into adopting harmful drug policies that is the insult, not the nomination of William Weld.

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