Pubdate: Tue, 28 Feb 2006
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Times Colonist
Author: Leonard Melman


Perhaps it is time to have some pity for the drug community. Just 
think how their confusion must be mounting because of recent 
activities by police and political authorities.

First, society (wrongly, unjustly and stupidly, in my opinion) 
declares all drugs including marijuana to be illegal, thereby driving 
drug users, producers and distributors into a "sub-rosa" situation 
where all their activities must be hidden from view.

Second, society sees the social and medical harm stemming from this 
situation and spends millions of dollars to establish user-friendly 
places of business where drug users can find a safe and clean home 
for their activities -- thereby removing drug use from the filth and 
unsanitary conditions of the back alley.

Third, based on this policy, drug users come out into the open.

Fourth, we now learn that special task forces are being put together 
to combat the open use of drugs, thereby driving users, producers and 
distributors back into "sub-rosa-land."

Somehow, I doubt that lunatics in an asylum could come up with a more 
muddled, uncertain or just plain dumb course of policies and actions 
regarding this serious problem faced by society.

Leonard Melman,

Nanoose Bay.
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