Pubdate: Sun, 15 Feb 2004
Source: Mississauga News (CN ON)
Copyright: The Mississauga News 2004
Author: Howard J. Wooldridge


Dear Editor:

As a retired police officer, I am amazed at your lack of understanding
regarding the dynamics of cannabis prohibition in Canada. Prohibition
causes the price of marijuana to become more valuable, ounce for
ounce, than gold. This creates jobs for those who want to make a lot
of easy money despite the risks.

Criminals gravitate to these illegal jobs and that begets violence
within the industry because these entrepreneurs cannot go to court to
settle differences.

End cannabis prohibition and you'll see an end to 99 per cent of the
criminal and safety problems associated with growing and selling
marijuana. More importantly, that would allow the (police) in Canada
to pursue and arrest real criminals who hurt other people.

Officer Howard J. Wooldridge (retired)

Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Dallas, Texas
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