Pubdate: Wed, 13 Jul 2005
Source: Salmon Arm Observer (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 Salmon Arm Observer
Author: Alan Randell
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Cocaine)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)
Bookmark: (Heroin)


Re: War on crystal meth needs recruits, which appeared in the June 22 
edition of the Salmon Arm Observer.

May I respond to the above propaganda item so that your readers are 
exposed to both sides of the issue?

If users were free to purchase clean, cheap, quality-tested 
marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc. at the corner store, why would 
anyone bother with such an awful drug as meth?

In any event, most of the harm done by meth is very likely caused by 
additives in the drug so that if the drug were legally produced in 
government-inspected premises by knowledgeable and experienced 
people, it would be much less harmful.

When alcohol was made legal again after being prohibited, the number 
of users dying or suffering harm as a result of ingesting that drug 
dropped precipitously.

The best way to reduce the harm and heartbreak of illegal drugs is to 
legalize them.

Alan Randell
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