Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001 Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Author: Brenda Beatty
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


I am absolutely appalled by the Waterloo regional police's misguided 
attempts to serve and protect our community from the dangers of our 

I am unappreciative of the region's policy on marijuana arrests. We 
cannot expunge all evil by arresting our residents for marijuana 
cultivation. Marijuana is not what ails society, and I am waiting 
patiently and fighting diligently for our federal government to 
recognize this and eliminate its prohibition from our laws.

Considering the prolonged fiscal crisis in which we find our 
community, I find it alarming that the region is still determined to 
arrest and prosecute people for marijuana-related charges. 
Publicizing these high-profile arrests as heroic deeds merely creates 
an irrational fear around this issue.

It is time for police to realize that their diligent efforts are 
unnecessary in a legal climate that prefers to put harmful people 
like murderers and robbers behind bars, leaving the mellower agents 
in our community free.

Brenda Beatty

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