Pubdate: Tue, 30 Jun 2009
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 The Calgary Sun
Author: Keith Fagin
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


I want to thank Dave Breakenridge for his courage to write the June 29
column "Troubling talk about drug use." Politicians have no courage to
speak the truth about prohibition. They have no interest in what is
best for our communities, only what will get them elected. The public
needs to demand these spineless politicians read the government-funded
studies and speak the truth so we can get safer communities with less
gang-related violence. Cannabis consumers are peaceful people. We are
from all walks of life and contribute to our communities in a positive
way everyday. I have responsibly consumed cannabis for 38 years. I
have never been charged with any violent crime. Sadly, I was convicted
of possession of a small pipe with cannabis resin when I was 16 and
sentenced to 30 days in a adult prison. Despite this, I have always
had a job, raised a family, paid taxes and paid off a home mortgage
and contributed to my community in a peaceful, positive way all my
adult life.

Keith Fagin

(We're glad to hear that, Keith.) 
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