Pubdate: Wed, 29 Apr 2009
Source: Langley Advance (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Lower Mainland Publishing Group Inc.
Author: Russell Barth


Dear Editor,

In the fight against gun violence, James Charles [Canada's soldiers
needed at home, April 3 Letters, Langley Advance] is basically
advocating marital law - something I am sure the Tory government and
RCMP would love to implement.

This policy would mean a further suppression of the civil rights and
liberties of regular Canadians, all to save us from the dangers caused
by the prohibition of drugs.

Meanwhile, our soldier's counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan are
keeping the value of hashish and opium artificially high, which
subsidizes the "bad guys," who use that money and influence to
undermine all of the other positive work our soldiers are doing.

The problem is drug prohibition, and it needs to end immediately, not
be increased with more cops and soldiers.

Russell Barth, Patients Against Ignorance and Discrimination on
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