Pubdate: Sat, 07 Sep 2002
Source: Daily News, The (CN NS)
Copyright: 2002 The Daily News
Author: Anthony Gracey


To the editor:

It was encouraging to see such a progressive piece of writing come out of 
one of the highest political bodies in the land (Senate: Legalize Weed, The 
Daily News, Sept. 5).

What is getting lost in all the hoopla surrounding the legalizing of pot, 
is that this legislation recognizes the harmful effects of drugs on society 
and treats them as a social and health issue, not a criminal one.

These are the first politicians in a long time to actually realize if you 
want to curb drug usage, it is best to reduce demand among your citizens 
and not focus on the supply side.

By reducing demand, you inherently destroy the supply - and the organized 
crime it usually funds - while at the same time ensuring Canadians can get 

People in Canada use drugs. At the same time, many of these same people 
(usually not pot smokers) do not want to. It is called addiction. It is a 
mental disorder, and no amount of jail time or fines will ever help these 
people. The only thing that will is progressive legislation based upon this 

I challenge people to look beyond the legalization of pot controversey that 
will stem from this report, and think about how to honestly deal with 
Canadian citizens who have a problem they can no longer control.

Anthony Gracey, Halifax
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