Pubdate: Fri, 19 Jul 2002
Source: Montreal Gazette (CN QU)
Copyright: 2002 The Gazette, a division of Southam Inc.
Author: Kevin Allan


In Your July 16 Editorial "Decriminalize It," You Write That "There Is 
Cause To Fear That Full-scale Legalization Would Entail Further 
Proliferation Of Marijuana Use, Particularly By Children" And That "The 
Profits From Marijuana Flow Very Largely To Criminal Gangs." The Truth Is 
That Children Have Easier Access To Marijuana Under Prohibition Than To A 
Drug (Such As Alcohol) That Is Legal And Sold In Adult-only Stores.

Alcohol Is Not Sold In Schools. Sure, Kids Can Steal Alcohol From Their 
Parents, But Unless Their Parents Are Incredibly Irresponsible, The Kids 
Can't Get Enough Alcohol To Get Addicted. But They Can Buy Enough Heroin Or 
Cocaine To Get Addicted At School Or On The Streets, In The 24-hour, 
Unrestricted Black Market That Prohibition Creates.

This Access Will Not Change With Decriminalization. The Black Market And 
Its Huge, Illicit Drug Profits Will Still Exist. The Police Will Still Have 
Their Laws To Threaten And Intimidate Adult Marijuana Users. The Children 
Will Still Have Easy Access, And Some Terrorists Will Still Make Use Of 
These Inflated, Illicit Drug Profits.

Yes, We Can Keep Drugs From Children And Keep The Illicit Profits That 
Prohibition Creates From Terrorists, But We Have To Allow Adults Legal 
Access To These Drugs.

The Choice Is Simple: Let's Get Children To Adulthood Drug Free, And Then 
Let The Adults, Instead Of Big Brother, Decide What's Good For Them.

Kevin Allan

North Vancouver, B.c.
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