Pubdate: Sat, 21 Sep 2002
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 The Calgary Sun
Author: Mike Kehoe
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE: "Time to smoke out farce," Licia Corbella, Sept. 8.

I have never smoked a joint and in all likelihood I may never. Yet, I live 
and work in the darkness of the night as a taxi driver where many people do 
puff the good stuff. My preference would be that no one use alcohol or 
other drugs, however, if they choose to, then I encourage them to "light 
up" rather than "bottoms up."

Booze ignites people's anger, frustrations and inhibitions, frequently 
turning them into violent people. It's been my observation that a "draw" 
makes them mellow, gives them the munchies, the giggles or makes them 
highly interested in hugs. When governments can tax a joint to replace 
taxes they will lose on the reduced sale of alcohol, they will make it 
legal. It's as simple as that!

Cabbie Mike Kehoe

(Thanks for the expert opinion.)
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