Pubdate: Mon, 26 May 2003
Source: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)
Copyright: 2003 The Vancouver Sun
Author: Kirk Tousaw
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


There is a simple and effective solution to the problem of dangerous indoor 
grow-operations (Pot-growers a risk, fireman warns, May 21).?

A solution that would eliminate grower's need to illicitly re-wire 
electrical systems, causing increased risk of fire. The solution? Legalize 
the production and use of cannabis. Let licensed growers build facilities 
that are designed to grow.

Let individuals grow in their own homes (one light does not pose the risk 
of fire that illicit multi-light operations pose, and inspections could be 
required) safely and legally. Let licensed coffee shops sell small 
quantities of cannabis, thus eliminating the need or desire for consumers 
to buy from black market (i.e. potentially dangerous) operations.

Legalizing has all these benefits and more including, not unimportantly, 
allowing adult Canadians the freedom to make decisions about what goes into 
their own bodies.

Kirk Tousaw, Policy director, B.C. Civil Liberties Association
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