Pubdate: Mon, 12 May 2003
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Earl Beal
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


I CAN'T understand why the Bush administration is getting its panties in a 
twist over Canada's proposal to drop criminal sanctions against those who 
possess minor amounts of pot. This administration should be reminded that 
Canada is a sovereign nation and that the United States has no business in 
the internal affairs of that nation.

Whatever Canada's national aspirations are, it is for the Canadian people 
to decide what their destiny will be. More pot comes into the United States 
from Mexico than from anywhere else. But I don't hear of any great hue and 
cry about this situation from the administration. Now, the administration 
is considering limiting Canadian exports to the United States as punitive 
action should the Canadian Parliament revise its drug laws to decriminalize 

Canada is a very dear friend to the United States. We should begin treating 
our neighbours to the north as such.

Earl Beal,

Terre Haute, Indiana

(The Canadian government hasn't decriminalized pot yet.)
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