Pubdate: Fri, 14 Jul 2000
Source: Nelson Daily News (CN BC)
Author: Chuck Beyer, Victoria


I have news for Police Inspector Dan Maluta of the Nelson City Police. A 
recent poll done for the National Post shows that 2 out of 3 Canadians want 
marijuana dealt with in a non criminal manner. It does not matter what the 
motives of the compassion club are. He should be thinking about helping the 
government establish a legal distribution system as with alcohol

If the public wants legal pot that's the way it must be. We live in a 
democracy. I am sure he would agree that one third of the population cannot 
impose criminal records on the other two thirds forever. That is the 
beginning of fascism. That is unacceptable in our society. He needs to help 
with a way to a democratic solution. A tall order for those who have become 
used to police action involving a harmless plant. He should also be aware 
that in a time of transition the public will have little mercy for those 
who say "I was just doing my job"
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