Pubdate: Thu, 30 Sep 2004
Source: Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Pique Publishing Inc.
Author: Clifford Schaffer
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
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Staff Sergeant Norm McPhail says he would like to see the research on
marijuana and violence. He can find the report "Psychoactive
Substances and Violence" by the US Department of Justice at In summary,
the report states that the only drug with any real connection to
drug-induced violence is alcohol. The violence associated with illegal
drugs is primarily "systemic". That is, it is a result of the system
of prohibition that creates a lucrative criminal market.

Staff Sergeant McPhail says he wants to know what the studies said
about marijuana. He can find the full text of most of the major
commission reports over the last 100 years at
under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy. He will find that
government commissions have been studying the marijuana laws for 110
years now and, over that 110 years, they have all come to similar

They have all agreed that marijuana is not a serious threat to
society. They all said that the prohibition laws were based on
ignorance and nonsense and should have been repealed long ago because
they do more harm than good. They all concluded that, no matter what
you thought about marijuana, prohibition was the wrong approach. The
recent Canadian Senate commission was only the latest in a long line
of commissions with similar conclusions.

Clifford Schaffer,

Director, DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy,

Agua Dulce, California
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