Pubdate: Tue, 01 Oct 2002
Source: Esquimalt News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Esquimalt News
Author: Alan Randell
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


This letter is in regards to article titled "Esquimalt and Saanich police 
bust grow op," (Esquimalt News, Sept. 18).

Another day, another warmed over police press release served up by the 
media to persuade us to support drug prohibition, a government program 
intended to distract attention from government failures in other ares.

As far as marijuana goes, this crusade is getting a bit silly.

Marijuana is, for all intents and purposes, a legal drug. The people have 

Millions of hard-working and productive Americans and Canadians use the 
stuff including some, I don1t doubt, on your staff.

The police should be told to stop wasting their time and our money pulling 
up plants and instead do what we pay them to do: protect us from dangerous 

We must all be nuts to tolerate a law that punishes people for what they 
choose to ingest into their own bodies. Surely no government has the right 
to punish anyone for ingesting anything, however harmful - including heroin 
and other "hard" drugs.

Tell me, Mr. editor, would you call the cops if your children were using 
illegal drugs? No? Then why do you report on the drug war as if it is 
normal to jail people because of what they choose to ingest into their own 
bodies? Please wise up and begin reporting on drug prohibition as the 
fascist-like horror it is.

Alan Randell, Knutsford Place
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