Pubdate: Sun, 10 Nov 2002
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Carey Ker
Note: Titled by map, parenthetical remark by Sun editor.


RE "IT'S a pot of gold" (Antonella Artuso, Nov. 3): Are politicians truly 
ignorant before we elect them, or do they become wilfully ignorant after we 
elect them? Bob Runciman's plan to incarcerate pot farmers is a case in 
point. If Runciman truly used his wits and had a sense of history he'd know 
his blunt approach to prohibition doesn't work. The imposition of one's 
moral vision in spite of the immutability of the laws of economics is why 
cannabis is literally worth its weight in gold. Clearly, America's attempt 
to gaol its way to victory in the drug war has been a big fat failure. Can 
Runciman provide any research to prove his war on cannabis would be any 
different? Didn't someone once define insanity as doing the same thing over 
and over again in the expectation of a different result? It's not a 
panacea, but I'll take cannabis regulation over Runciman's blatant 
demagoguery any day!

Carey Ker


(Trying to control something that literally grows like a weed is a tough fight)
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MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom