Pubdate: Fri, 06 Dec 2002
Source: Maple Ridge Times (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc
Author: Kendall M. Cox



RE: Realtors made aware of grow operations, TIMES. Dec. 3.

In your article, you cite the dangers of an unregulated marijuana grow 
operation as including "a bypass of the electrical metering system that can 
lead to injury, or even death."

While it is true that a covert marijuana grow operation does pose a risk, 
the Canadian government has shown us that the risk comes not from the 
marijuana, but from the laws surrounding the plant.

The Canadian government itself conducted the only legal grow operation in 
recent memory, in Flin Flon, Manitoba, down a mine shaft. The mine shaft 
was used to thwart potential theft, but the operation was run by government 
contractors and electricians, and they paid their own electric bills. 
Nobody has claimed the Flin Flon grow poses the danger these illegal grow 
houses do.

If marijuana cultivation were not a crime, surely the business of growing 
would be regulated, and those in charge could be held accountable to the 
same standard. Canada is home to several large breweries and distilleries 
which provide the public with their alcohol needs, and nobody has to worry 
about their neighbours practicing amateur distillery. Why do we refuse to 
apply similar standards with marijuana?

Kendall M. Cox

Shorewood, IL
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