Pubdate: Sat, 05 Aug 2000
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2000 The Toronto Star
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Section: Letters, page K7
Author: Gary Clanfield, Toronto

REAL KILLER IS ALCOHOL

I hope the government will take this rare opportunity to decriminalize
marijuana.  After all, in the grand scheme of things, pot is pretty
innocuous.  I don't advocate drug use (including alcohol) for anyone,
but the laws against marijuana have got to go.

We have been living in a hypocritical society for more than 80 years
now.

Our nationally sanctioned drug of choice, alcohol, is far more
dangerous than pot.  Ask any street worker who sees drug problems
every day and it soon becomes evident that pot poses no major threat
to the public; alcohol, on the other hand, destroys more innocent
people than all other illicit drugs combined.

Let's get the antiquated, harmful laws off the books now. 
Decriminalize marijuana today.
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