Pubdate: Fri, 13 May 2011 Source: Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc. Contact: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/letters.html Website: http://www.montrealgazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/274 Author: Bruce Gill Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n299/a02.html POT POLICY IS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM I was disappointed to see you devote so much space to the views of someone supporting the criminalization of marijuana. While I salute Alvin Powell's crusade against drugs, the threat to public health posed by pot is no doubt trivial compared to alcohol, tobacco and fast food, yet only in the case of marijuana do we consider jail time a solution. The notion that everyone would light up if pot were legal or decriminalized is surely laughable. As Mr. Powell notes, anyone, including young people, who want to get their hands on pot can do so today; indeed, the fact it is forbidden could be part of the attraction. Surely the time has come to divert resources from the current futile war on pot to a more worthwhile cause; for example, educating young people on the real risks of substance abuse. Bruce Gill Pointe Claire - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.