Pubdate: Thu, 19 May 2011 Source: Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Maple Ridge News Contact: http://www.mapleridgenews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1328 Author: Todd Lumley Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n319/a10.html IT'S CALLED PROHIBITION Editor, The News: Re: MLA wants stronger rules for medical marijuana (The News, May 18). Marc Dalton , you fail to mention that the very reason we have these types of violent crimes being committed against permit holders is because we already have an over-regulated system, and it's called prohibition. If we were to implement a legalized and regulated system for cannabis similar to alcohol, we could let an open and competitive market bring down the over-inflated prices we now have with cannabis on the streets. By devaluing the current prices through a consistent and safe reliable source of cannabis, you will see these types of crimes disappear overnight. Just like when alcohol prohibition was repealed, the street gangs lost a huge portion of their cash profits and their power quickly began to fade away. The only solution to the violent and dangerous crimes being caused by the prohibition of cannabis is to repeal the prohibition of cannabis now. More regulations will only bring more dangers into our communities. Let's face it, this herb isn't ever going away and the people's love for it is only going to grow. By the way. Mr. Dalton, accusations are easy to throw around, but until you have proof to back them up, I suggest you stop the fear-mongering lies and begin to listen to people like Michael Joinson, who are directly involved with the medical marijuana program. Todd Lumley Sarnia, Ontario - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.