Pubdate: Fri, 05 Nov 2010
Source: Surrey Leader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Surrey Leader
Author: Alan Randell


Re: "Zapping grow-ops,"  Oct.15

Frank Bucholtz sings the praises of the Surrey fire chief thus: "His 
single-minded focus on the public safety aspect of grow-ops is a boon 
to law-abiding Surrey citizens, far too many of whom have been forced 
to put up with one or more grow-ops near their homes."

Unfortunately, Mr Bucholtz neglected to mention that, as the 
well-intentioned crusade pushes the small-time, amateur growers out 
of the market, organized crime is handed an increased share of said market.

Result? Increased profits for the big guys, more violence and 
unchanged marijuana use.

Some boon.

When are supposedly intelligent and sophisticated opinion leaders 
like Frank Bucholtz going to realize that the most effective way to 
curb the dangers of marijuana, caused mostly by the law prohibiting 
it, is to legalize it?

Alan Randell
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