Pubdate: Tue, 10 May 2016
Source: Prince George Citizen (CN BC)
Copyright: 2016 Prince George Citizen
Author: James Loughery
Page: 6


The question has arisen as to why marijuana should be legalized.

The alternative question is why it was ever made illegal. The whole 
crusade against pot began almost a century ago in the United States 
when a bunch of good citizens of the U.S. South decided that black 
people were having too much fun with the drug. They sponsored 
ridiculous propaganda campaigns with such crude distortions, as seen 
in the movie Reefer Madness. Laws against cannabis spread as jails 
filled with "offenders" feeding the "justice" system.

This provided jobs and funding for courts, police and jail staff. 
Enforcement of the laws created a self-perpetuating constituency of 
support for them.

There are arguments against the repeal of cannabis laws, but one 
should not rely on literal translation of the Bible's Old Testament 
for support. One takes as truth the obscure guide of a book that has 
been translated, mistranslated, purged and edited for millennia at 
one's peril. Many of its admonitions seem not unlike Sharia Law.

After all, what if your neighbour decides you are a witch and acts accordingly?

James Loughery, Prince George
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