Pubdate: Mon, 17 Dec 2007
Source: Aurora, The (CN NF)
Copyright: 2007 The Aurora
Author: David Lane


Dear Editor:

In Cpl Keith MacKinnon's Op Ed titled "common sense" he fails to make 
any (sense). His logic drifts around quite a bit, but his conclusion 
that legalizing cannabis would somehow add to the woes created by 
alcohol use is way off point. The fact is people use cannabis and the 
main difference is if it were legal it could be taxed, regulated, and 
black markets would disappear. In countries such as the The 
Netherlands were its permitted rates of use are much lower than in 
Canada or the US, so it cannot be argued that making it legal would 
increase use. The fact, back to Cpl MacKinnon's main point about 
alcohol being the worst drug, is that if cannabis were more widely 
available perhaps people would use less alcohol.

David Lane

Santa Cruz, CA
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