Pubdate: Mon, 05 May 2003
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003 The Toronto Star
Author: Dan Flanagan


Re: Pot plan puts U.S. noses out of joint

U.S. Drug Czar John Walters' warning to Canada infuriates me.

Once again, this is a case of the Americans playing schoolyard bully.

If you disagree with them, the result is threats and sanctions. I find it 
incredible that in a country that purports to be the leader of the free 
world and where freedom of expression is written into the constitution, a 
neighbouring country is slammed for demonstrating a bit of dissent.

First, our government is not legalizing drugs. The government only wants to 
decriminalize simple possession of marijuana, although it wouldn't be a bad 
thing if we did decriminalize it altogether.

The government could have our farmers grow it and could control the sale of it.

Think of the tax revenues  and maybe our farmers could earn a real living 
for once.

Perhaps the Americans are just sore that, once again, we are producing a 
superior product to theirs.

Walters should understand the statistics concerning the actual movement of 
pot into his country and its very own production of it.

The famous Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, said it best, "If the demand 
from America wasn't so great, we would not create the supply."

The Americans, of all people, should understand this most fundamental 
principle of economics.

The learned Walters' comment, "If we were sending toxic substances to your 
young people, you would be and should be upset," ignores the fact that 
Americans have been sending toxic and lethal substances to our young people 
for years  they're called guns and they're more deadly than a joint could 
ever be.

Dan Flanagan, Toronto
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