Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Source: Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Jim Corder
Author: Jim Corder


Re: 'Nanaimo needs supervised drug site, says researcher' (Daily News, July

While the benefits of supervised drug sites are understandable, I
think they are a band-aid on a larger problem and our members of
Parliament need to reassess a "war on drugs" that is being lost.

At least one battle in the drug war could be won by legalizing
marijuana and handling it in the same way as alcohol, including taxing
it. The resulting funds could provide excellent education and
rehabilitation facilities.

Police resources could be focused on the hard drug trade rather than
the grow-ops they'll never eradicate. But eventually, we'll also need
a similar solution to hard drugs.

We wouldn't be the first country to look at more sensible drug laws.
Last year Mexico decriminalized the possession of small amounts of
illicit drugs in an effort to cut into demand by treating addicts as
treatment clients -- not criminals. Argentina no longer punishes
private use of pot as long as it doesn't harm anyone else and a
Brazilian appeals court has ruled that possession of drugs for
personal use is not illegal. Portugal adopted Europe's most liberal
drug laws in 2001, which has been successful in reducing the spread of
HIV and exposure to drugs amongst teenagers.

One of our problems with minority governments in Ottawa is that no one
dares to suggest more modern drug laws because it risks partisan
persecution from the other parties.

I think they would all be surprised at how many recreational pot
smokers we have and how many would favour liberalized drug laws.
Perhaps it would make a good question on those long census forms
currently the subject of bickering, and may even create a huge
"voluntary" response if Stats-Can is as protective of info as claimed.

Jim Corder

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