Pubdate: Sat, 08 May 2010
Source: Chronicle Herald (CN NS)
Copyright: 2010 The Halifax Herald Limited
Author: Jane MacDonald


For the life of me, I can't figure out what the Harper government
hopes to achieve with sentencing people who grow a few of their own
marijuana plants to jail time. Isn't that making criminals out of
ordinary citizens? And yes, ordinary citizens smoke pot. You have got
to think that the people growing small amounts are only growing for
personal use so they don't have to go to drug dealers.

This government doesn't look at any stats or take into account any
research. Excuse me, it did fund one research project on the subject.
They did research into whether pot triggers psychosis, and found that
it did. What they didn't tell you was that it is also triggered by
alcohol, stress and a number of other things.

It seems the rest of the world, even the U.S. is relaxing pot laws,
but not our born-again Christian government. God must have told
Stephen Harper that pot is bad. I think He probably looked down and
said, "These people are much too stressed and violent; I will give
them pot to relax them."

Whatever the reason, it is a bonehead move that forces people to get
their pot from dealers, therefore making the criminal element richer
and more powerful.

Jane MacDonald, West Chezzetcook
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