Pubdate: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
Source: London Free Press (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010 The London Free Press
Author: D. E. Walsh


Police rightly suggest the lucrative marijuana trade is responsible
for guns and cocaine crossing the border, but that is where logic
gives way to the usual, rehearsed spin-doctoring.

Marijuana would have no criminal market value if it were legal.
Large-scale cannabis gardens and protective booby traps would simply
cease to be.

Focus on predatory crimes and a stronger presence along our border are
obvious priorities over harassing amateur horticulturalists. Any
political fallout from legalization could be addressed with
science-based common sense. Demonstrating bolder resolve in Canadian
sovereignty overall wouldn't hurt.

Locking humans away in cages - branding them criminals for life - over
growing plants on private property, or for simply carrying some weed
around, is arguably similar to Taliban ideology.

D. E. Walsh

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