Pubdate: Thu, 15 May 2008
Source: Nelson Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 Nelson Daily News
Note: The newspaper does not have an active website.
Author: Phil Mader


Dear editor:

The courts are now processing the "criminal"charge against Holy Smoke 
Culture Shop.

As we know cases are sometimes switched a city location because a 
hostile environment surrounds them.

It can be said that, to a certain degree, the City of Nelson, by 
recently upping its cooperation with police in enforcement of break 
up cannabis grow operations, has worked to mobilize opinion against 
the growth and sale of cannabis.

This, in spite of the fact that cannabis production and distribution 
generates local jobs and revenues.

It's sad to see the City of Nelson furnishing such support to 
suppression of our local cannabis commerce.

It's time it sees the outlawing and prosecution of cannabis growth 
and sale as a waste of taxpayer's money, a waste of time, a waste of 
personnel, a waste of resources, and a waste of "air time."

Into what should the City of Nelson put that money and that energy 
into instead?

How about Nelson's whopping housing crisis?

Or care for the mentally disabled, or the crying need for added 
daycare resources?

The list goes on.

Ignorance can be reversed.

Some day, some politicians and some police will have (to) look into 
the mirror and have to accept that they pointlessly persecuted 
individuals, causing them much anguish and suffering.

And like the old adage goes, "what goes around, comes around."

Hopefully the judge handling this case lives and thinks on higher 
ground than the City of Nelson presently occupies at this time

Unjust laws are unjust.

Phil Mader,

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