Pubdate: Tue, 17 Mar 2009
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Shawn Hill


I like Mark Tonner, but I have to disagree with his column on gangs 
and prohibition.

Prohibition was ended in the U.S. because it wasn't enforceable. 
Despite the laws, despite the police, drugs are still widely used and 
all proceeds are going underground.

The cost of paying people to deal, to go underground and evade police 
jacks the price up.

I don't like the idea of regulating and taxing drugs, but it's 
obvious people aren't going to stop using them. Ever.

Besides, with profits from taxation and sales, maybe we can lower the 
price of booze. Lord knows our taxes won't go down.

Shawn Hill, Gibsons
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