Pubdate: Tue, 04 Sep 2001
Source: Langley Advance (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc.
Author: Alan Randell
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Dear Editor,

Bob Groeneveld is clearly an enthusiastic supporter of laws that seek to 
punish Canadians for what they choose to ingest into their own bodies 
[Growing needs, Aug. 14 Comment, Langley Advance News].

I disagree. I feel that my body is inviolate, and that the state has no 
business telling me what I may or may not do with it.

Not only that, our experience with Prohibition showed conclusively that 
banning a drug harms users far more, by cutting them off from supplies of 
known purity and potency, and by jailing them, than if it had not been 
banned in the first place.

Meanwhile we all pay the price of higher taxes and more police corruption.

Ah well, as long as you allow an opposing view to slip in once in a while, 
I guess I can't complain.

Alan Randell, Victoria
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