Pubdate: Wed, 01 Jan 2003
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Steve Connell
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


SMOKING POT does not lead directly to a higher crime rate as Robb Cable 
suggests (Letters, Dec. 26). Closed-minded and outdated attitudes that 
prohibit the use of something that should never have been made illegal in 
the first place create the crime. Cable suggests that smoking pot is 
immoral and asks when common sense will prevail. Frankly, I don't see 
anything morally wrong with somebody doing something that does not 
interfere with anybody else's rights, and would suggest to Cable that 
common sense will prevail when governments and society share that view and 
legalize marijuana outright. Lastly, he shouldn't assume that the majority 
of adult Canadians don't support decriminalization or legalization of 
marijuana. After all, if everyone answered honestly you might find more 
people out there who have tried, used or are using pot than people who 
aren't and never have.

Steve Connell

(There's nothing like starting 2003 on a ... wait for it ... high note.)
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