Pubdate: Thu, 16 Mar 2006
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Russell Barth
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by MAP editor.
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


RE "Tory boss kicks off campaign" (March 11): Lisa MacLeod said "You can 
vote for a Liberal candidate who supports the crack pipe program, supports 
the decriminalization of marijuana and supports the legalization of 
prostitution, or you can vote for me -- a Progressive Conservative who 
values strong families, safer streets and self-reliance."

What MacLeod fails -- or refuses -- to recognize is that the crack pipe 
program reduces the spread of deadly diseases, and that saves the taxpayers 
money later on.

As for marijuana, all history, science, and common sense dictate that 
regulating pot like alcohol would generate tax revenue, end the black 
market economy, and reduce children's access to the substance.

Legalizing prostitution would empower women, reduce the spread of disease, 
and impose zoning, taxation, and safety protocols. These are strong family 
values indeed. They would make our streets safer, and encourage self-reliance.

MacLeod doesn't support that. What she offers is just more of the same with 
a different name. Thanks anyway.

Russell Barth

(Amazing as it may seem, different methods may lead to the same end)
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