Pubdate: Sun, 04 Aug 2002
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Times Colonist
Author: Jennifer Field


Re: "Police dogs sniff out pot on ferries," Aug. 1.

Operation High Seas? In Active Pass? So this is how the money is being 
spent. At the very least, we, as citizens, should expect to see our finest 
rounding up some Hells Angels, or perhaps an Asian drug ring, but, as 
usual, all they managed to reel in were two or three poor shmucks from 
Lasquiti Island and Lantzville who are probably just trying to eke out a 
meagre, peaceful living far from the madding crowd.

If we have to have a police state operating on the ferries, while they're 
at it, couldn't they at least check for guns, boozed up drivers, guys on 
the lam and the like?

When will we learn and stop blindly following the U.S. with their 
fanatical, hopelessly outdated approach towards marijuana, a benign and 
gentle drug that has never once in recorded history caused an overdose, a 
drug that should be studied and utilized for its already widely known 
beneficial medicinal values.

The fact is, prohibition is not working , and never has worked, and the 
sooner we stop sending good money (and men and dogs) after bad, the better.

Jennifer Field, Victoria.
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