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


To the editor:

Regarding the story, Senators: Legalize Weed (The Daily News, Sept. 5): 
talk about a knee-jerk reaction.

It's hard to believe that the Canadian Police Association even took time to 
read this nearly 700-page study of public policy.

What was apparent from viewing the CPA news conference is that bureaucrats 
willing to play at being both politician and scientist end up appearing as 
the strawman.

Not only did CPA executive director David Griffin regurgitate just about 
every patently absurd misconception, his "a back-to-school gift for drug 
pushers" diatribe demonstrated to the nation the essence of the illogic 
inherent within prohibition; in the process, Griffin amply demonstrates the 
lengths the CPA will go to in order to undermine this Senate Report so as 
to preserve cannabis prohibition.

And contrary to the assertions of Canadian Alliance MP Keith Martin, 
decriminalization would not address the problems inherent in prohibition, 
only the regulation of cannabis government would address those problems.

Prohibition does not work; it never has and never will. The Senate 
committee 's report recognizes what a substantial percentage of Canadians 
from a vast cross-section of the population know.

It is time for politicians to demonstrate accountability for the flawed and 
problematic cannabis legislation currently being foisted upon Canadians.

This would be best addressed by following through on the committee's 

Wayne Phillips

Hamilton, Ont.
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