Pubdate: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
Source: Daily Observer, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006, Osprey Media Group Inc.
Author: Russell Barth



Re.: The Liberals and marijuana

No party will ever legalize marijuana, not even the NDP or Greens
(even if they got into power). Any legalization of marijuana will come
the same way as abortion and same-sex marriage - through the courts.

The so-called "decrim" bill proposed by the Chretien and Martin
regimes was actually worse than the laws we have already, but still,
the Liberals have decided not to legalize marijuana.

Regulating marijuana would make pot harder for kids to access, save us
about $2 billion in annual enforcement, courts, and corrections costs,
generate an additional $3 billion in annual tax revenue, increase
tourism, and free up police, court, and corrections services for
pedophiles and child-porn enthusiasts.

But the most important benefit of legalizing marijuana is that it
would put gangsters out of business. Imagine my surprise to see that
the Liberal Party decided against that. But then, neither do the Tories.

Russell Barth,

Federal medical marijuana license holder,

Ottawa, Ont.
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