Pubdate: Sun, 29 Sep 2002
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 The Province
Author: Richard Spaan
Bookmark:  (Canadian Senate Committee on 
Illegal Drugs)


Relying on quotes from the Canadian Police Association, the UN Office for 
Drug Control and Crime Prevention and an officer with the Vancouver Police, 
columnist Susan Martinuk fails to recognize them as touts -- dependent on 
pay arising from the continuing system of treating drug use as a criminal 

If they were the only source of information, we would all reach the 
conclusions she enthusiastically parrots.

However, the erudite Senate Committee interviewed more than 200 witnesses, 
many of them health experts, in reaching its conclusions.

Being more inclusive and open allowed for a clearer view of the situation.

 From this, they determined cannabis use should be treated as a health 
issue, and that the continuing prohibition produces more societal harms 
than benefits.

Discerning readers should evaluate the report for themselves, if only the 
summary report, rather than follow the writings of a columnist who can't 
distinguish the disingenuous diatribe of touts from the earnest, inclusive 
and competent Senate Committee.

Richard Spaan, New Westminster
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