Pubdate: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 Source: Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Copyright: 2012 Guelph Mercury Newspapers Limited Contact: http://news.guelphmercury.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1418 Author: Bill Hulet SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE BACKS LEGALIZING POT Dear editor: Marty Burke's letters to the editor serve a very useful purpose. That is because he is honestly articulating a point of view that generally tends to hide from public discourse. Take a look at the latest offering ("Won't cower from personal attacks" -- Feb. 7) He doesn't see why legalizing marijuana should be a legislative priority. I think this is probably because he has never smoked marijuana, doesn't associate with anyone who is open about smoking it, and he refuses to pay any attention to the overwhelming scientific evidence that supports legalizing it. I believe a great many people do think legalizing marijuana is a good idea. Not only because the Conservatives are poised to needlessly throw away money through increased enforcement and incarceration over marijuana, not only because the poor slobs who run afoul of ill-informed police, prosecutors and judges who don't understand what a joke the law is, but because the law creates a pervasive odour of corruption in our institutions. Think about how damaging it is in the long-term to only hire police officers, prosecutors and judges who know that the marijuana laws are dumb yet refuse to threaten their careers by speaking out, or people who are too dumb to know that the law is a crock. Do we really want to exclude intelligent people with moral courage from all of these jobs? That's what the marijuana laws do, in effect. One last point. Burke said there are more important things to worry about. Sad to say, I have to agree. But I noticed that he didn't list the greatest, most existential threat that the human race has ever faced: climate change. That, too, is revealing about how Burke -- and people like him -- really think. Bill Hulet Guelph - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.