Pubdate: Wed, 07 Mar 2012
Source: Terrace Standard (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Terrace Standard
Author: Wayne Phillips


Dear Sir:

This is about "MP says pot laws should reflect society," The Terrace 
Standard, Feb. 15, 2012.

Comment: Legalization, regulation and taxation is about the best 
course of action in order to prevent the harms to youths and 
communities that currently exist because of marijuana prohibition.

Legalization's about disrupting organized crime's cash cow, reducing 
the violence associated with prohibition, and bringing a substantial 
tax resource to government coffers. It's about education, harm 
reduction, removing barriers to medical marijuana and about freeing 
up resources to better target trans-border trafficking, gangs, meth 
labs, crime, etc., while insuring rights, freedoms and a regulated 
enterprise are all guaranteed.

Legalization, regulation and taxation in conjunction with a national 
drug strategy - as opposed to the current national anti-drug action - 
would be an economic boon while providing the impetus to reconsider 
outdated U.N. protocols as well as developing a comprehensive policy overview.

Canada could well become a recognized international leader in 
progressive global drug control strategy.

Wayne Phillips,

Hamilton, Ontario
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