Pubdate: Tue, 10 Aug 2010
Source: Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010 The Ottawa Citizen
Author: Russell Barth


Re: A ghastly reminder of our great moral progress, Aug. 7

Columnist Dan Gardner writes that "In colonial Massachusetts -- a mere
400 years ago -- telling a lie, criticizing the governor, failing to
attend church, or courting a girl without her parents' permission were
crimes punishable by whipping."

In modern day Canada, simple possession of a medicinal flower can get
you fined and slapped with a permanent criminal record. Grow the
plant, you could go to jail.

Either one could ruin any chances you have of travel, or advancing in
your employment. Either one could have your kids taken away, cause you
to become homeless, and maybe even die if you are not healthy enough
to withstand such a punishment. But that is perfectly reasonable,
because pot is illegal and we should all obey our government like they
do in Afghanistan.

We have not advanced much in 10,000 years, we mad apes.

A third of Canadians still think it is perfectly reasonable to put
people in a stinking jail to eat lousy food and be exposed to random
acts of violence and drugs, all for the monumental crime of growing
some pot plants.

One of those Canadians is the prime minister, which is why he plans to
build 12 new jails, especially for pot users and growers.

I suppose the stocks would be unconstitutional, but rotting in a
prison for a victimless crime is justice.

Russell Barth,


Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
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