Pubdate: Tue, 05 May 2009
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Black Press
Author: Andrew Brown


It is difficult for me to believe that our government is attempting 
to introduce mandatory sentencing for harmless drug related offenses in Canada.

This is an uninformed and backward proposal.

The use of marijuana is no more dangerous than the use of alcohol, 
and the proposed punitive measures will do nothing to stop drug related crime.

In the first place, the use of drugs is a public health issue, not a 
criminal issue.

Most countries are coming to see the wisdom of this approach, but 
apparently this doesn't include our backward Conservative government.

In the second place, if we have criminal problems, we should address 
the root causes, not take a futile and heavy handed approach to 
dealing with it.

If we decriminalize the use of drugs, we will reduce the crime 
associated with illegal drugs.

I do not use drugs, but I am actively campaigning against a 
government that advances such myopic and uniformed policies.

If you want to see where these policies lead, look at the United 
States, with over two million people in prison, many for non-violent 
drug related offenses.

No one wants this situation in Canada.

Andrew Brown

Qualicum Beach
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