Pubdate: Mon, 06 Aug 2007
Source: Chronicle Herald (CN NS)
Copyright: 2007 The Halifax Herald Limited
Author: Connie Littlefield
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Dan Leger (July 30 column) is right: marijuana prohibition doesn't 
work. It reduces our faith in the justice system. It forces cops and 
users to fight an ugly war that nobody wins. It also provides an 
endless source of funding for criminal organizations. Furthermore, 
cannabis is a safe and effective medicine for many ailments, and it 
is currently unavailable to all but a few Canadians.

Many cultures and many Canadians have seen a lot of benefit from the 
occasional controlled use of psychedelics; but we're not allowed to 
go there either. Prohibition is a patronizingly superior notion; it 
assumes that individuals can't control what they do with their 
bodies. Drug abuse - as opposed to drug use - is a problem we need to 
address with every medical and social tool we can get our hands on. 
This is not a problem that will be solved by the criminal justice system.

Our children would all be much safer if every psychoactive substance 
that is currently available only on the black market could be 
researched, regulated, and distributed by the government, just like 
other drugs.

Connie Littlefield

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