Pubdate: Tue, 13 May 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Adrian Spiering
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE MP Dan McTeague's Letter of the Day (May 12): I am a resident of 
McTeague's riding and would like to impress on him the reason for needing 
to change Canada's pot laws. It is because the police in his riding are 
arresting and charging youths for carrying as little as 0.1 or 0.2 grams of 
marijuana, leaving otherwise law-abiding people with records that can serve 
no other purpose than to close doors for a good portion of their lives. As 
for the gang and/or organized crime element, Al Capone was a product of 
Prohibition. If alcohol had not been made illegal, there would have been no 
market for his bootleg booze. The same rules apply today. Eliminate the 
need for underground suppliers by legalizing. Who would you rather have for 
a neighbour, an occasional pot smoker or a biker gang operating a grow 
house? Anyone care to choose?

Adrian Spiering


(Legalization would create a whole new set of problems)
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