Pubdate: Wed, 01 Oct 2008
Source: Daily Observer, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 Osprey Media Group Inc.
Author: Bruce Codere


Dear editor,

It's disappointing to read that so many mature Cannabis plants have
been attacked by gun carrying police officers. I have never know a
Cannabis plant to attack a human.

Precious few grow ops are booby-trapped, because no wise Cannabis
gardener wants these additional charges for growing Earth's most
beneficial plant.

It is a lie that the average plant is worth $1,000. Plants produce
anywhere from only a few ounces each to several pounds, depending on
strain and growing conditions. Quality varies. Still, the police
repeat ad nauseum the mantra of a grand a plant.

Your reporter appears to have made no effort to ask anyone opposing
such a waste of resources for their opinion. The police themselves
know how wasteful the operation was.

Fully a third or more Canadians are at least occasional pot smokers
according to Health Canada. Does anyone want to calculate the cost of
sending us all in prison? How would that make our country better?

The judicial system is lenient on convicted citizens because it is
physically impossible to punish our way out of Cannabis use, and there
aren't even a fraction of the jail cells necessary to house all the
pot smokers, should we all be so unlucky as to get caught.


Bruce Codere
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