Pubdate: Sat, 24 Sep 2005
Source: StarPhoenix, The (CN SN)
Copyright: 2005 The StarPhoenix
Author: Moe Brondum


The marijuana rally held recently in Saskatoon garnered all the attention 
one would expect of such an event.

Several hundred enthusiasts came out to the Vimy Memorial to listen to 
music, smoke marijuana and protest the harm caused by prohibition. There 
were no police and no problems. Nothing remarkable happened.

What is remarkable, however, is that the Canadian government wastes more 
than $1.5 billion a year to enforce the marijuana prohibition. This assault 
on a peaceful culture and the harassment of individual citizens needs to stop!

If several hundred people can smoke pot by the river without the police 
taking notice, why do we continue to waste so much money to arrest, try and 
jail these people?

In this forum I am publicly announcing my intention to totally disregard 
the marijuana possession laws from this day forward. I am a husband and 
father, I work in education, and I am an average, middle-aged Canadian, as 
well as a recreation marijuana user. So, if the police, the government or 
your readers believe that my possessing a small amount of cannabis deserves 
prosecution, then they can take steps to prosecute me.

Otherwise, I implore anyone who believes that my actions will cause no harm 
to speak out against marijuana prohibition and get our police back to work 
solving real crimes.

Moe Brondum

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