Pubdate: Wed, 14 May 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Robert Charles Wilson
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


OTTAWA'S LAST-minute retreat from its pot plan would seem to be an example 
of comedian Bill Maher's theory of settling. We wanted legalization. We 
would have settled for decriminalization. What we got was a whole new raft 
of punitive laws aimed at growers and users. Or maybe the real problem is 
as follows: We wanted "the true north, strong and free." We would have 
settled for "a nominally independent nation." What we got was "Canada, the 
country so polite it gave George W. Bush veto power in its own Parliament."

Robert Charles Wilson


(Uh, who's "we"? Our poll showed only 20% of Canadians favour full 
legalization - though 83% want the laws changed)
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