Pubdate: Mon, 28 Jul 2003
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2003 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Robert Tessier
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


In response to Thursday's editorial, Pot file a foul mess, I want to thank 
The Winnipeg Sun for continuing to report on the marijuana issue in a sane 
and sensible manner.

People are finally realizing that marijuana prohibition, at a cost of 
hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes, just doesn't make sense.

Cannabis users across Canada have heard the decriminalization tale and know 
it is nothing more than a tool to make it easier to punish users. The 
editorial is correct in pointing out the rising involvement of organized 
crime under the proposed decriminalization. People won't stop using pot, 
they will just be buying it under riskier circumstances.

As baffling as the Liberal position on pot is, I still prefer their 
ineptitude to the outright hostility of the Canadian Alliance. Randy White, 
a popular Alliance MP, would like to see stronger penalties and more legal 
interference against marijuana users.

Interesting that a party that preaches responsible government spending 
would actually increase the taxpayer resources used on the worthless war on 

Robert Tessier


(Before you light up a fat one, read on ...)
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