2001-05-12 / Letters

Lip Service

Lip Service

Dear Editor;

Need a lighter and a crackpipe?

This combination is attractively packaged and prominently displayed at a neighborhood tobacconist. According to the store owner, they’re "selling like hotcakes!"

Need marijuana rolling paper? You can find it in many if not all of our gas stations, delis, and bodegas. It’s all legal as the store owners or managers will state....as they personally decry the proliferation of drug abuse in the Rockaways, from Far Rockaway into Breezy Point.

One of the principal marketing axioms is that of product availability. It shouldn’t be that easy to get drug paraphernalia. I challenge everyone to question these store owners about the availability of this junk and why they stock it....maybe they’ll remove it from the store. They will only do so if we all complain in sufficient numbers. It is not the ultimate solution to the drug problem, but it is a small step in the right direction and something you can do.

It’s better than lip service.

JAMES DARRIGAN


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