Pubdate: Wed, 27 Nov 2002
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 Calgary Herald
Author: Gary Storck


Re: "Smoking tainted weed sickens Drumheller teens," Nov. 23.

You quote RCMP Const. Matt McIsaac saying: "This is a good time to remind 
your kids about the hazards of marijuana. You never know what you're getting."

The good constable would have been more accurate if he had said marijuana 
prohibition instead of simply marijuana, because if marijuana were 
legalized and regulated as a Canadian Senate committee has recommended, 
there would be no tainted weed to poison children -- just as the end of 
Prohibition in the U.S. meant the end of tainted booze.

Keeping marijuana illegal abdicates control of the substance to a market 
where consumers are stuck with whatever is available.

Marijuana use should be treated as a public-health matter rather than one 
of criminal justice. Canada should follow the wise counsel of the Senate 
committee, and not the hysterical rantings of U.S. government bureaucrats 
like drug czar John Walters.

Gary Storck

Madison, Wis.
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