Pubdate: Fri, 04 Sep 2009
Source: Daily Gleaner (CN NK)
Copyright: 2009 Brunswick News Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


Re: Recent marijuana grow-op busts

The people happiest about these marijuana grow-op busts are the 90-95 
per cent of growers who will never be caught. Think about that: If 
the police busted twice as many grow-ops every year, they would still 
only get about 20 per cent of them. A fifth - or probably even less than that.

And every time they bust one grow-op - indoor, outdoor, small or big 
- - all they do is make the ones they don't catch that much more valuable.

Not only is the illegality of pot the very thing that makes growing 
it so lucrative, the police are subsidizing the entire industry by 
busting a minority of them.

And while kids and women are still missing and child porn runs 
rampant, the cops are wasting a lot of time and money on this 
outrageously counter-productive policy.

They like to tell the public that this is somehow disrupting 
organized crime or preventing pot from reaching their kids, but every 
year they bust more and more people, and every year pot becomes even 
more widely available - all over a medicinal plant that recent 
science suggests actually fights cancer!:

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Is this the Canada you want to live in - a country where cops help 
gangsters and deprive people of valuable medicine?

Because that is the Canada you live in right now.

Russell Barth Ottawa, Ont. Federally licensed medical marijuana user 
Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on Cannabis
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