Pubdate: Fri, 20 Sep 2002
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 Calgary Herald
Author: Mack Mcleod


Re: "Senators push to legalize pot: Health groups, police jeer panel's 
report," Sept. 5

The adult who thinks there is no effect from a glass of wine is kidding 
himself. Some of us are drunk after a glass of wine, some with greater 
tolerance, appear to feel nothing, but are still affected to a lesser 
degree. So it is with pot. For those with a tolerance, a puff or two is as 
benign as that glass of wine. For those without, it is inebriating.

The words of Abraham Lincoln on the issue of alcohol say it well:

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a 
species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of 
reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and 
makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes 
a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Society is improved by its people, not its laws. People who are free to 
choose continual drunkenness yet choose sobriety, are better people than 
those whose choices are determined by the threat of police.

Mack Mcleod

Thornhill, Ont.
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