Pubdate: Sat, 02 Sep 2006
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2006 Calgary Herald
Author: Chris Buors
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)


Drugs - Re: "Saving landlords some grief," Editorial, Aug. 30.

The U.S. is the worst example you could choose if illuminating ideas 
on what to do about the evils of crystal meth are the objective.

The idea that self-medication would become a crime would have been 
laughable to our ancestors. Self-medication was considered a natural 
right by proponents such as Thomas Jefferson and later Mark Twain.

Drug prohibition is the obvious cause of clandestine crystal meth 
labs. Breweries exist because there is a demand for beer; crystal 
meth labs exist for the same reason. All the demonization in the 
world did not stop the devil's drink and it won't stop demonic chemicals.

To quit minding the neighbours' drug-taking business and to restore 
our natural right to drugs would go a lot further as a political 
policy to keep Canadian neighbourhoods safe from the menace of 
clandestine labs than any further steps down the police state road.

Chris Buors,

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