Pubdate: Sat, 07 Sep 2002
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2002 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Matt Brambilla
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Re: Smoke clouds reason -- the editor stated: "But legalization would 
simply legitimize something that should be discouraged."

That "something" is nothing less than the freedom of personal choice. Is 
that really something to be discouraging?

With the release of Senator Pierre Claude Nolin's report we are predictably 
awash in knee jerk reaction and pot-pun news headlines. Those against the 
report's recommendations are trotting out the standard arguments, all of 
which have been for the most part, disproven. Criminalizing recreational 
activity and attempting to legislate morality do not work.

Prohibition is an abysmal failure, as proven throughout history. Marijuana 
should be legal and regulated, no matter what police protecting their 
paycheques, doctors protecting pharmaceutical grants and ignorant zealots 
tell us.

Matt Brambilla


(We doubt there'll be a quick resolution to this one.)
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