Pubdate: Fri, 05 Mar 2004
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Steve Ironstone
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE "Pot growers dig rural areas," (Feb. 27): Cornwall RCMP spokeswoman 
Sharon Villeneuve claims "Often we find out that even home invasions end up 
having to do with drug money or to pay for drugs and everything is 
interrelated when it comes to violence."

"It wasn't the case this time, but there are other times when loaded guns 
are seized. So it is dangerous for the whole community."

Well, the illegal liquor trade in the 1920s and '30s was responsible for 
extreme levels of violence and murder, but when prohibition was repealed, 
it simply ended. When are the authorities going to wake up to the fact that 
marijuana does not cause violence; it's the illegality of marijuana that 
causes the violence. Didn't anybody learn anything from prohibition?

Of course, legalized pot would also generate lots of cash and free up law 
enforcement so they'd be more effective going after the hard drug dealers.

Steve Ironstone

(... Which will be the next type of substance for crooks to kill each other 
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