Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jun 2003
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003 The Calgary Sun
Author: Michael Hesla
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


The new cannabis law will not reduce large-scale grow operations. If the 
government wanted to shrink the black market, it would tolerate personal 
closet gardens and establish cannabis vendors. Smokers would have the 
choice to be independent of criminal activity. Amsterdam-style coffee shops 
let cannabis consumers buy herb from a taxed, legitimate and safe 
distributor. In addition to pulling the rug from under organized criminals' 
feet, coffee shops have a valuable reputation of separating the soft and 
hard drug scene.

Michael Hesla

(That sounds like legalization, which isn't what this law is about.)
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