Pubdate: Thu, 06 Dec 2001
Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001 Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Author: Bill Bendix
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Waterloo Region, despite its size and close proximity to Toronto, has 
a unique identity and a strong reputation throughout Canada.

It is known for being liberal and progressive because of its two 
universities, both of which are world respected. It is known for 
being fun-loving because of the Oktoberfest celebrations.

And it is known for being charitable because of the longtime 
Mennonite influence.

Sadly, this reputation is being marred by Kitchener council's 
resolution to crack down on pot-growers. A five-year prison sentence 
for these offenders seems excessively harsh.

It deviates from the nation's growing acceptance of marijuana, which 
can now be used legally for medical reasons, and sounds very much 
like a penalty American lawmakers would propose.

These prison sentences are neither liberal nor progressive, nor are 
they forgiving and charitable.

Bill Bendix

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