Pubdate: Thu, 10 Jan 2002
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Times Colonist
Author: Chuck Beyer
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


The recent Auditor General's report on prohibition criticized the federal 
government for a lack of accountability.

It confirmed that the government spends $500 million a year on its 
prohibition strategy, with two-thirds of all drug charges being for pot.

$500 million a year works out to about $60,000 an hour or $1,000 a minute. 
Since two-thirds of charges are for pot, two-thirds of that hourly budget, 
or $40,000 an hour, is spent on pot prohibition.

Remember that Canada's books are in the red -- so we are borrowing that 
$40,000 an hour and will be paying interest until the government repays the 
loan, which is generally never.

Only the government could go to a bank and keep getting this kind of money 
for a program that is such an abject failure. Can you imagine if any one of 
us tried to get a loan from a bank on a car that does not work 95 per cent 
of the time?

That is what you are paying for with marijuana prohibition.

And as for the raid on the local bookstore -- just part of the theft of 
your tax dollars.

Chuck Beyer, Victoria
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