Pubdate: Wed, 30 May 2007
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2007 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Russell Barth
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Re: Drug costs eroding medicare, May 28.

If we were truly free in Canada, we could all grow a little cannabis. 
Then we wouldn't need so many pills and syrups, we wouldn't need to 
see doctors as often, and our health-care system would be under far 
less strain.

Beyond that, legalizing, regulating, and taxing a commercial cannabis 
market would save us about a $1-1.5 billion dollars every year, and 
generate an estimated $3 billion in tax revenue. That could go a long 
way to finance our struggling health-care system, but Layton would 
never have the guts to say that publicly, because he is basically a 
Grit with an orange tie.

Russell Barth


(All our problems would go up in smoke?) 
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