Pubdate: Fri, 11 Feb 2005
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2005 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Glenn Reive
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Re: Cops nab 5 in pot case (Cary Castagna, Feb. 9).

Our police, whom I respect and support, seized $34 million worth of pot and 
$120,000 in cash last year.

While our government dithers over this and that, one of the dithers is the 
decriminalization of marijuana. In fact we paid for a pot farm in old 
abandoned mines the quality of whose product didn't even pass the street 
test. So, we want to make it legal, don't have the knowledge or skill to 
grow it properly, and destroy the product that's seized. I can only imagine 
what the burning of $34 million smells like, but at least there was 
$120,000 available to pay for the cost of the fire.

And yes, I know all the arguments -- the organized crime, street gang, 
perpetuating cycles of poverty, violence and abuse, but I also know the 
majority argument. Mostly law-abiding, hard-working normal people who smoke 
pot on occasion or occasionally. Sound familiar?

I guess it's just the ratio that bothers me. Maybe if we waited until there 
was $34 million in cash and $120,000 in pot everybody would be a little bit 

Glenn Reive


(Tax it and we'd be rolling in dough.)
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