Pubdate: Thu, 16 Jan 2003
Source: NOW Magazine (Canada)
Copyright: 2003 NOW Communications Inc.
Author: Robert Sharpe


There is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting 
children from drugs (NOW, January 9-15).  Decriminalization acknowledges 
the social reality of marijuana and frees users from the stigma of 
life-shattering criminal records.  As long as marijuana distribution 
remains in the hands of organized crime, consumers will continue to come 
into contact with addictive drugs like cocaine.  Marijuana may be 
relatively harmless, but marijuana prohibition is deadly.  Canada should 
follow the lead of Europe and just say no to the American Inquisition.

Robert Sharpe

Drug Policy Alliance

Washington, DC
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