Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jun 2003
Source: Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC)
Copyright: 1994 to 2003, Pique Publishing Inc.
Author: Leanne Lamour
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


This letter was addressed to Health Minister Anne McLellan and Justice 
Minister Martin Couchon.

"Marijuana is harmful and will remain illegal," what an inane thing to say. 
Booze and cigarettes are legal so I guess they are not "harmful" since they 
don't really cause you to misbehave or die.

I read a letter once (in a newspaper) where a woman said she had seen lots 
of fights break out in bars but the only time she'd ever seen a bunch of 
pot smokers come close to fighting was when an argument developed over what 
to order on their pizza.

Three plants do not make a dealer and if you discourage growers, smuggling 
will increase. Is this new legislation a step in the right direction or 
just politicians playing both sides and not a good move at all? You tax the 
booze dealers, the tobacco dealers, even gasoline could be said to be 
"harmful". Why don't you tax the marijuana dealers instead of spending so 
much money making a futile attempt to stop them. At least spend our money 
to crack down on smugglers and leave the growers alone.

Let the people smoke their pot in peace.

Leanne Lamour, Whistler
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