Pubdate: Thu, 12 Apr 2001
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2001 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Chris Buors
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor


Drug use would almost seem to be a right of passage in today's youth. The 
forbidden fruit will forever hold symbolic allure for its rebellious 
quality. The more authority demonizes whatever drug de jour the more 
certain youth are to want to give it a try.

A high-profile arrest will disrupt the meth supply for about a heartbeat in 
Winnipeg. Turning private businessmen into agents of the state is just 
another example of our eroding natural right to be free from state 
intervention in our private lives. Requiring businessmen to report 
suspicious sales to police belongs in totalitarian states.

Would it not make more sense to decriminalize drug-taking behavior?

Those are your children and your neighbour's children attending raves and 
other social functions.

Canadians ought to be ashamed of themselves for subjecting our children to 
adulterated drugs available on the black market that is certain to harm a 
small percentage of foolhardy youths.

Chris Buors Winnipeg

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