Pubdate: Tue, 03 Mar 2009
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 The Calgary Sun
Author: Bruce Zwicker
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


I wanted to comment on the Conservatives get-tough-on-drugs approach.

This legislation is window dressing at best, and will not solve the
problem of drug trafficking in our communities. This legislation will
only make the problem worse by making drugs more valuable. The only
solution to this problem and the gang problem is to legalize drugs.
This may not be a popular strategy, but it will work. Drugs are the
currency of gangs and organized crime. If we legalize and regulate
drugs, it will take this currency out of the hands of the criminals
and our youth and place them under government control, much like
alcohol and tobacco. This approach worked when prohibition of alcohol
was lifted and would work today. Drug use and abuse should be treated
as a health issue and not a criminal issue. If our government were to
do this, people addicted to drugs would get treatment instead of jail
time, allowing them to return as productive members of society.


(The voices in favour of legalization are growing louder.)
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