Pubdate: Thu, 08 May 2008
Source: Nelson Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 Nelson Daily News
Author: Bruce Codere
Note: The newspaper does not have an active website.


To the Editor:

Re: Here's A Thought NDN Page 6 April 29, 2008

One good turn deserves another.  Here's another thought.

Cannabis was outlawed in 1923 with no debate in the House because
nobody knew enough about it to say anything.  Emily Murphy - viciously
prohibitionist - copied stories from The New Your Times, owned by W.R.
Hearst, who happened to be cut from the same ideological cloth.  They
represented the core of her infamous book of lies, The Black Candle.

There were no experts to discuss scientific studies describing a
pressing social need to control pot.  There was no scientific data. 
There were hardly any pot smokers in Canada to begin with.  It took
fourteen years before the first conviction.  Fourteen years.

Prohibition is not something pot smokers asked for or particularly
accept. It was a vicious uncalled for tactic to leverage power and
control over visible minorities and now that whites are into pot as
much as anyone what we have is a case of a snake swallowing its tail.

The government, the police, the courts and the jails force prohibition
on pot smokers.  And prohibition is a lie.  If you want to stop
wasting precious taxpayer money, stop persecuting us, stop arresting
us, stop prosecuting us, stop jailing us.  Just leave us alone.  We
can take care of ourselves without your help.

Cannabis has been growing on Earth since before insects buzzed around.
 It's going to take a whole lot more than a minority of Canadians who
hate pot to stop this plant from thriving.

Bruce Codere

Fox Creek, AB
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