Pubdate: Wed, 14 Jan 2004
Source: Jasper Booster (CN AB)
Copyright: 2004 The Jasper Booster
Author: Bruce Symington
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Jasper Booster - I read with dismay the item in the Jan 7 Booster
"MP's Corner" wherein Rob Merrifield called for a more draconian, US
style approach to illegal drug use and sale. It is truly unfortunate
that Mr. Merrifield did not avail himself of the facts before writing.
If he had, he would have known that the yankee approach has led to the
highest rate of incarceration in the world, the highest rate of
illegal drug use, and the greatest loss of civil liberties. It is
truly scary that an MP would express the desire to follow the same
path. Anyone can find the truth at or, or look at the report of the Nolin commission,
or the Schafer commission in the US, or the LeDain commission of the
1960's, or read the excellent book Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts by
Lynn Zimmer Ph.D. and John P. Morgan M.D. Of course, it would help if
the reader has an open mind, and less of a desire to be in control of
other peoples' choices than Mr. Merrifield obviously does.

Bruce Symington,

Medicine Hat
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