Pubdate: Fri, 11 Sep 2009
Source: Bugle-Observer (CN NK)
Copyright: 2009 CanadaEast Interactive, Brunswick News Inc.
Author: Herb Couch


Re: RCMP seize over 1,800 marijuana plants, Sept. 4

What difference did this bust make?

The recent outdoor marijuana "eradication" efforts by police are
glaring examples of the futility of prohibition.

Law enforcement efforts are not "stemming the tide" (or "taking a bite
out") of drugs, nor will they ever do so.

It is all just an expensive show at the taxpayer's expense to give the
public the illusion that something is being accomplished.

Why aren't journalists asking important questions,

1) Is there evidence that these eradication efforts actually reduce
the availability of marijuana on the street (the police say that is
their goal)?

2) What percentage of the outdoor crops are police able to

3) How much do these annual eradication efforts cost (diverted police
resources, overtime pay, helicopter use and fuel)?

Taxpayers have a right to know the answers to these

This futile and expensive ritual will continue, year after year, until
we finally come to our senses and end cannabis prohibition.

Every major study on the cannabis issue has come to the same key conclusion
as the 2002 Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs: "The continued
prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians
much more than does the substance itself." (Cannabis: Our Position for a
Canadian Public Policy, 2002 - )

Every day that we delay the end of this corrupting, harmful policy the
deeper the tentacles of organized crime infiltrate into our

Ending cannabis prohibition is definitely in Canada's best

Herb Couch, Nelson, B.C.
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