Pubdate: Sun, 22 Sep 2002
Source: Halifax Herald (CN NS)
Copyright: 2002 The Halifax Herald Limited
Author: Chuck Beyer
Bookmark: (Canadian Senate Committee on 
Illegal Drugs)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Dear Editor:

Letter writer Victor J. Cyr (The Sunday Herald, Sept. 15) has missed the 
biggest point of the Senate report. It states that decisions concerning 
marijuana, in regard to the fact that it is less harmful than alcohol or 
tobacco, should be devolved to the provinces.

Therefore, regulation is really not a federal decision to make. Once 
marijuana is a provincial regulatory function, the rules in regard to age, 
sales and driving may be different in each province.

The fact is that in my province, British Columbia, support for legalization 
is close to 60 per cent; this law is viewed as a perfect example of Eastern 
waste, and regulation should be our provincial decision. We should not have 
to live with a law the majority so clearly despises.

Chuck Beyer, Victoria, B.C.
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