Pubdate: Sun, 04 May 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Derek Snider
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE "O Cannabis," by Jason Botchford (April 27): I wanted to address the 
following quote from Police Chief Julian Fantino: "I have to tell you I was 
in favour provided there are very small amounts involved but having said 
that, I don't think we can be doing this without addressing the business 
end of marijuana - the organized crime - which is the real problem around 
the drug." Drugs only obey one law - the economic law of supply and demand. 
As long as there is a demand, there is going to be a supply - legal or not. 
We've had nearly 80 years of marijuana prohibition. How can anyone possibly 
justify that more prohibition is the solution to the problems? History has 
proven that prohibition only causes more problems. To put organized crime 
out of business, all the government has to do is provide a cheap, clean and 
legal supply of marijuana to those who want it.

Derek Snider

(If only it was that simple)
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