Pubdate: Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Source: Daily Courier, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: Steven Rathwell


Editor: We need to seriously consider legalization of illegal 
substances, as this cannot continue. In countries such as Portugal, 
statistics show overdoses, crime and addiction rates decreased following 

With fewer arrests and lifelong sentences, some prisons became so
vacant that they were refurbished to apartments and living quarters.

These could be used by low income people or those on government
assistance, homeless or recovering addicts. Like those in living in
RVs on farmland down Gulley Road who need a place to live, this would
be perfect for Vancouver and Kelowna with their high rents, lack of
housing and the mild climate that many homeless come to (or are sent
to) for the winter.

One idea is allowing them to live there if they work a few hours each
day, such as doing street cleaning or jobs to give them a purpose, a
sense of accomplishment and help the community.

This would help those who want to help themselves, but lack even a
healthy or safe environment.

Like prohibition, the drug trade keeps the Hells Angels and other
criminal syndicates wealthy, thriving and in control of distribution.
There is no certainty in what a person might be buying and it could be
potentially fatal.

How many more do we add to the rising number of statistics before we
step up and change things?

Steven Rathwell, Kelowna
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