Pubdate: Fri, 06 Sep 2002
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: R. Desrosiers
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Is anyone surprised that the Canadian Police Association is appalled at the 
Senate report on legalizing marijuana? You state that $1.5 billion a year 
is spent on drug enforcement, and one-third of that on pot. Much of a 
police department's budget depends on pot remaining illegal. A CPA 
spokesman is quoted as saying legalization would be a "back-to-school gift 
for drug pushers." How is this so? Legalization would put pot pushers out 
of business overnight. Have you ever seen or heard of shady characters 
trying to push alcohol or cigarettes on street corners and school yards? 
Ever wonder why?

R. Desrosiers

(Ever consider that too many kids abuse cigarettes and alcohol as it is - 
they don't need to add pot to the mix?)
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