Pubdate: Wed, 21 Jan 2009
Source: Houston Today (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Houston Today
Author: Stan White



Re: Tom Fletcher, B.C. View, Not All Rural Economies Are Going Bust, 
Jan. 14, Houston Today:

Tom Fletcher's column isn't just accurately describing the way things
are, he's describing the direction things are moving to.

In the early 1970s, the Le Dain Commission's report along with
Canada's 2002, Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs report unanimously
recommended to regulate cannabis (marijuana) the same way as alcohol.

Since Canada ignored those recommendations, the problems associated
with prohibiting the relatively safe, socially acceptable, God-given
plant cannabis have escalated.  And it's not limited to Canada; look
at what is happening in the U.S. and Mexico.

Millions of North Americans have utter contempt for the continents
discredited cannabis laws, which are nothing more than government
subsidized discrimination.

Millions of North Americans demand cannabis and one way or the other
that demand will be honoured.  Cannabis will be cultivated and it will
increase rather than decrease.

Except for those who profit, nearly every person who uses cannabis
would prefer to acquire it from regulated sources but all will
purchase it in the black market if necessary.

It's just a matter of who consumers give their money to.  Right now
consumers are ready, willing, able and eager to give it to regulated
sources along with its share of taxes to government but if government
doesn't want it...?

The money is changing hands either way.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado
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