Pubdate: Thu, 15 Sep 2005
Source: Medicine Hat News (CN AB)
Copyright: 2005 Alberta Newspaper Group, Inc.
Author: Chris Buors
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Re: Our Posh Prisons, Our Opinions, Sept. 9, C4

I would like to see editorial writer Alisha Sims justify drug prohibition 
before she rants on about incentives not to market drugs again. Drug 
prohibition is immoral because the policy does not measure up to a single 
one of the cardinal virtues of temperance, prudence, justice and fortitude.

Wanting your way so badly that you would willingly harm another person is 
vainglory defined. Meting out criminal records for the vice of drugs is 

As owner and operator of the Manitoba Compassion Club I went to jail for 
six months for producing and distributing cannabis to the ill. Let me 
assure Ms. Sims jail is not exactly Club Med. Jail dehumanizes people. Jail 
always has a highly tense atmosphere where violence could break out at any 
moment over the most trivial of actions. One is always mentally on patrol 
in jail rather than getting the peaceful night sleep Ms. Sims imagines. You 
are, after all, residing with very violent people who settle their 
differences without calling the cops.

The more important question to ask is what are convicted drug merchants to 
do once released? For instance, in 1997, I was a locomotive engineer for CN 
Rail before I was arrested with a cannabis garden. I refused drug 
treatment, or the degradation of peeing in the bottle so my 20-year career 
was over.

I am now unemployable in my chosen field because of my political activism. 
I do not seek other employment because I will not contribute one single 
cent in income tax until Canada ends the injustice of drug prohibition. You 
will not be using my money to persecute scapegoats to benefit politicians. 
Now that I have been to jail, I no longer fear my masters. It will be me 
earning money on the black market or the taxpayers can spend $50,000 a year 
keeping me in jail. Jail is after all, the proper place for a moral man in 
a country with immoral laws.

Chris Buors


Marijuana Party of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Man. 
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