Pubdate: Wed, 08 Sep 2004
Source: Vancouver Courier (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Vancouver Courier
Author: Joe Chaput


To the editor:

I'm not quite sure if Mayor Campbell is aware, but we already have a crack 
room-it's called the corner of Jackson and Cordova, aka "Crackton" ("Mayor 
says legal crack smoking room is no pipe dream," Aug. 29).

Public crack smoking is commonplace and out of control in the surrounding 
blocks of that intersection. It is a problem that many local residents 
endure in this neighbourhood. People smoke crack everywhere.

In my neighbourhood, people walk down the street and put a rock in their 
pipe and smoke it, just as a person might stop on the boulevard and light a 
cigarette in most other neighbourhoods. You only have to drive down Cordova 
from Main Street to see this.

Because people tend to smoke crack whenever and wherever, I don't believe 
people would travel all the way to the existing safe injection site to 
smoke crack. But if they did decide to do so, due to the large number of 
crack smokers in the Downtown Eastside, it would likely be more crowded 
than the Blarney Stone on St. Patrick's Day.

If, on the other hand, it can help restore this neighbourhood and make it a 
safer and more livable place for local residents, then I would say it is a 
positive step.

Joe Chaput, Vancouver
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