Pubdate: Tue, 10 Sep 2002
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Debra Harper
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)
Bookmark: (Youth)


Re "Going to pot," (editorial, Sept. 5): As a parent, I am so relieved to 
know that someone out there cares enough about youth to advocate age 
restrictions and controlled distribution of cannabis.

If the government acted on this report, many 14-year-old dealers would be 
out of work, and the number of youth smoking would be reduced because the 
"forbidden" quality that attracted them in the first place would be gone. 
The drug warriors, such as the police and U.S. drug czar, sound pathetic as 
they trot out their tired old rhetoric to defend their livelihood against 
documented evidence, findings of fact accepted by the courts, and most of 
science. Why are they even permitted to publish discounted theories such as 
"the gateway" and potency?

Good work senators, and if Parliament doesn't act on it, I hope the Supreme 
Court does.

Debra Harper

(We suspect Parliament is hoping for just that)
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