Pubdate: Mon, 14 Apr 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Cedric Silvester
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


THE STORY "Hidden Danger in pot houses" (April 9) highlights the reasons 
that marijuana legalization is the best solution to the problem. If 
marijuana were available using the same model as alcohol (licensed and 
regulated growers, controlled distribution, age verification before sale, 
stiff penalties for driving under the influence, etc.) these dangerous 
growing operations simply wouldn't exist. Instead, we'd have safe growing 
of quality-controlled pot, available to those old enough to decide for 
themselves which adulterant to use. And it could be heavily sin-taxed to 
pay for the education and health programs that are virtually non-existent 
now. After all, when's the last time anyone feared going blind from 
drinking homemade gin or having the local bootlegger's backyard distillery 
blow up? Oh, I remember ... it was during alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. 
Apparently we didn't learn anything from that dismal failure.

Cedric Silvester


(Banning booze gave rise to the likes of Al Capone. Banning pot has given 
rise to biker gangs)
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