Pubdate: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 Source: Globe and Mail (Canada) Copyright: 2011 The Globe and Mail Company Contact: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/168 Author: Judith Renaud, Executive Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, SCHOOL, NOT PRISON Re Tories Unveil Tough-On-Crime Legislation - Sept. 21: We can't ignore the realities of what the Conservative government is doing to Canadian families with their tough on crime agenda. Their path to prison approach for pot growers is akin to a zero tolerance mentality creating a school to jail pipeline. Young people need a government that creates schools of learning, not prisons for failure. There is no better time in the history of Canadian politics than to embrace the youth of today with effective drug policies that ensure success rather than ones that promote resentment and alienation through punitive sentencing. Mandatory minimums for drug offences have been a disaster south of the border. Why would anyone think it would turn out differently here? Judith Renaud, executive director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, Gibsons, B.C. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.