Pubdate: Sun, 26 Aug 2007
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 The Calgary Sun
Author: Keith Fagin
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Harm Reduction)
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


I write regarding Bill Kaufmann's "Total reform key to war on drugs," 
(Aug 17). I have to stand and applaud Kaufmann for his courage to 
write the truth. Sadly, with so many years of reefer madness and 
outright lies, there is a real nasty stigma attached to cannabis. As 
for the other drugs, the only real workable solution is regulation. 
Just like alcohol and cigarettes. There is no way to stop some people 
from taking mind-altering substances, no matter how harmful the 
results can be to themselves, let alone adding the increased harms 
provided by prohibition into that equation. Harm reduction with 
truthful education -- the real, cold hard truths only -- regulation 
and treatment will set us free of a lot of current 
prohibition-related problems.

Keith Fagin

(The current war on drugs is clearly not working.)
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