Pubdate: Mon, 17 Nov 2003
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Jack Cartier
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


RE "A Growing problem," by Mark Bonokoski (Nov. 6): The sooner the
feds wriggle their way out from under America's thumb and get pot
production, distribution and sale into a regulated framework, the
sooner all the problems with illegal grow-ops will dry up and
disappear. I'm looking forward to the proposed decriminalization bill
dying with Jean Chretien's departure.

Decriminalizing small-time possession will only increase its use among
young people and increase the motivation for gangs to set up grow
houses to meet the demand. It's time to let a regulated industry grow
the stuff with proper rules for safety.

It's time to leave distribution to Dutch-style "coffee shops" or the
LCBO -- places that can demand ID and enforce age restrictions. Why
should grow-ops cost taxpayers hundreds of millions in policing when
government could instead be earning millions in tax revenue?

Jack Cartier


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