Pubdate: Tue, 24 Apr 2001
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 The Province
Author: Dana Larsen


Constable Mark Tonner's recent column advocating the seizure of 
children living in the homes of marijuana growers is a sad testimony 
to the historically destructive attitude of police and provincial 
authorities towards families and children.

Taking away the children of marijuana growers and smokers is no 
different than seizing the Doukhobor children or the many First 
Nations children who were torn from their families over the years.

Although a number of children have come to harm while in the care of 
the B.C. Ministry of Families, I have yet to see a headline about a 
child harmed in a B.C. grow-op.

Considering the many thousands of operations in the province, that is 
a testimony to their safety, despite their illegality.

Dana Larsen,
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