Saturday, September 25, 2004

Prohibition Profiteer caught with his pants down

D'Alliance has the ultimate post on SSDP media director Tom Angell's recent battle with a creepy and rather illiterate drug testing kit marketer who thinks spending 25 years profiting from failed drug war policies qualifies him to discredit the results of a scientific survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that would cut into his business. The results being that drug testing does not in any way reduce drug use among teenagers.

Baylen posted the letters in full so I won't repeat them but do click over and have a look. It's a hilarious exchange and I can just picture Mr. Cholakis choking on his morning coffee when he read Tom's response. The only way this could have been funnier is if there was video of an in-person debate. I've been on a discussion list with Tom for years now and had the good fortune to meet him at the DPA conference last year. He's still a young guy with an apt name. He has an absolutely angelic demeanor and looks more like a choir boy than a drug policy reformer; not to mention he is extraordinarily polite. I picture Chokalis a big slob with food stains on his tie.

It's young folks like Angell who give me hope for the furture of this country. Way to go Tom.


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