Pubdate: Wed, 13 May 2009
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Russell Barth
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk.


Re: "Is U.S. high on pot legalization?," May 12.

To quote columnist Mindy Jacobs "and our medical pot regulations are 
so complex -- thanks to the constant tug of war between the 
government and the courts over how the scheme should be run -- that 
no one really has a clue how it's supposed to work." It should also 
be noted that Health Canada (which manages the medical marijuana 
licence department) has repeatedly violated court orders, and the 
whole program has been ruled "unconstitutional" by at least four 
judges. If the public knew what we Medical Marijuana Licence Holders 
already know about the Health Canada fiasco, the tide of public 
opinion would shift hard in favour of legalization. But public 
opinion should not even factor into this discussion, because the 
public is so miserably misinformed on this topic that their opinions 
are useless. Legalizing marijuana is simply the right thing to do, 
and all science and history supports this.

Russell Barth

(Public opinion, informed or not, always counts.)
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