Pubdate: Sat, 03 May 2003
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Jim Hiigel
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


Greetings from Oregon! About 28 years ago, Oregon was the first U.S. state 
to decriminalize cannabis. We actually still exist. The crime rate didn't 
increase. Drug use didn't increase.

The only things that changed were that people didn't go to prison for using 
pot, were not burdened with a felony police record, and the courts found 
time to prosecute "real" criminals.

Jim Hiigel

Hermiston, Ore.

(Sounds like a bit of an anti-climax)
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