Pubdate: Tue, 10 Sep 2002
Source: Hamilton Spectator (CN ON)
Copyright: The Hamilton Spectator 2002
Author: Jay Hunter
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


RE: 'Legalizing marijuana: Utterly ludicrous' (Sept. 6).

This letter writer expresses concern about teen drivers using marijuana, 
but doesn't offer any arguments against safe use by consenting adults.

If impaired driving is an issue, the writer can take comfort in knowing 
that police -- freed from enforcing marijuana laws -- would have more time 
to watch neighbourhood roads instead of neighbourhood gardens.

As Canada works at reforming drug laws, it should work on all of them. It 
should make driving under the influence an offence comparable to loading a 
gun and firing randomly into a crowd. Drivers know in advance that, if they 
go out to drink or do drugs, they will need a safe way home. If they don't 
go about securing one, the result -- in my view -- is premeditation to 
kill; it's saying their good time is more valuable than life.

Jay Hunter, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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