Pubdate: Sat, 21 Dec 2002
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Randal Geringer
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk
Alert: Please Help Canadians Understand What We Really Believe
Bookmarks: (Cannabis - Canada) (Walters, John)


It is wonderful to see Canada moving towards the decriminalization of
cannabis but sad to see John Walters making an ass of himself on
behalf of the oil barons and religious fanatics currently in control
in the U.S. I visited Toronto last summer. I will continue to spend my
summer vacations in Canada rather than the U.S. Rockies to show my
support for Canada and its stance on cannabis. I have a college degree
from Kansas University and I am a computer programmer. I also hope to
bring my skills on a more permanent basis to Canada someday and many
more professionals share my opinion.

I love the U.S. but like all countries we make mistakes. Cannabis
prohibition has been a mistake from the start that unfairly targets
minorities and poor folks.

It is obvious after watching the preferential treatment our
president's niece received that the rich and politically connected
people can buy their way out of most drug charges in the U.S. The poor
folk unfortunately face losing voting rights, jobs, houses, cars,
land, freedom of travel, freedom, jury duty, children, and Elizabeth
Dole is trying to take away driving privileges. Cannabis is good.

God put cannabis on this planet for adults to enjoy, not as a litmus
test to determine whom to put into a cage and deny work. I hope
someday that I will be able to express my God-given right to put a
little cannabis on my salad.

Randal Geringer

Lawrence, Kan.

(Don't count your salad before it's tossed: The Liberals have a
tendency not to follow through on their grandiose plans)
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