Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 Source: Chilliwack Times (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Chilliwack Times Contact: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1357 Author: Andrew Brown Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n542/a04.html?1208 LEGALIZATION STOPS THEFTS Editor: In the article regarding the medical marijuana theft, Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth states: "In police experience, medicinal marijuana grow ops have the same ramifications to public safety as illegal grow ops do. These grow ops have been, and continue to be, targets of attacks, often involving violence." She is not wrong, but this violence is completely unnecessary. When was the last time armed thugs broke into somebody's garage to steal homemade beer or wine? It just doesn't happen, as anybody can just head to the store to buy their own, and the legal market has taken away all incentive for criminals to profit. The only way to end the violence is to end marijuana prohibition. It should be up to adults to make the decision to use it or not-the same way one gets to choose to drink or not. Andrew Brown Nanaimo - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.