Pubdate: Tue, 10 Jan 2012
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012, BC Newspaper Group
Author: Whelm King


To the Editor,

Re: Legalizing pot isn't appropriate answer, Letters, Jan. 7.

The prohibitionists arguments against legalizing and regulating 
cannabis, as seen in Raegan Eisfeld's letter, have become laughable.

We have seen prohibitionists try scare tactics (reefer madness), 
puritan ethics (just say no), totally unscientific claims (cannabis is 
addictive and is a gateway drug) and outright oppression through 
imprisoning fellow citizens whose 'crime' hurt no one else, including 

Now we see a final frontier of the truly desperate in their losing 
struggle: legalizing cannabis won't hurt gangs as they will find 
something else to do.

This argument is patently ridiculous.

Cannabis is an easy-to-produce, easy-to-move, and easy-to-sell drug 
with a huge North American market.

In other words, it is the light, sweet, crude oil of the drug world 
with low investment, low risk, high return.

Removing this easiest source of income from gangs will drastically 
impact their financial capacities.

Eisfeld then asks whether we should legalize all activities the police 
cannot combat. The answer is no, and her ignorance is abundantly clear.

Cannabis should be legalized because it is relatively harmless and is 
a potent and effective natural medicine.

Comparisons to B&E and rape are offensive, especially to those who 
suffer in jail for imbibing a plant, and those who have suffered 
through the violation of having their home or body invaded.

Whelm King

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