Pubdate: Thu, 18 Nov 2004
Source: NOW Magazine (CN ON)
Copyright: 2004 NOW Communications Inc.
Author: Russell Barth
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


RE The Pot Thickens (NOW, November 11-17). The phenomenon of people growing 
and smoking raw bud is never ever going to go away, and all the sprays and 
patents won't change that. Sick people are going to continue needing raw 
plant material for their illnesses. All things considered, the best thing 
would be to regulate marijuana so that medical growers can grow for 
designated compassion clubs and commercial growers can grow in industrial 
buildings and compete to supply "coffee shops."

In one fell swoop, our government could save us all billions a year, earn 
us another $2 billion every year in tax revenue, create jobs, free up 
police resources, recover stolen electricity, heal the sick and take 
organized crime down several notches.

Russell Barth, Ottawa
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