Pubdate: Wed, 11 Mar 2009
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2009 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Russell Barth
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Re: 'Cigarette tactics a drag,' Point of View, Michael Den Tandt, March 7.

Maybe we should ban tobacco entirely. Or maybe we could lower the 
taxes on tobacco, making people more likely to buy legal smokes 
instead of illegal ones. Or maybe we could put more money into 
education, which has proven to reduce tobacco use, instead of 
spending more money on cops and jails, which has proven to not only 
fail, but actually make the problem much worse.

Or maybe we should legalize and regulate marijuana. That would free 
up money we now waste on cops, and generate tax revenue. More 
prohibition means more subsidizing of gangsters. More regulation 
means less money for gangsters and jails.

Russell Barth

Nepean, Ont.

(It's always about legalizing pot with you isn't it?)
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