Pubdate: Sun, 05 Jul 2009
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 The Calgary Sun
Author: Trevor Houlahan
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Alberta's justice minister actually said this? "I think if you start
taking that approach, of legalizing, it's a slippery slope. You still
have the next level of intoxicants that are illegal. You're still
going to have gang activity, you're still going to have the police
trying to enforce the law. You're not solving the problem. The problem
is gangs will make the money selling the illegal items, whatever they
might be, unless nothing is illegal." Wow I can't believe she actually
screwed up and said it. "Unless nothing is illegal." Have you ever
wondered why you don't hear about the Molson and Labatt gang war or
failed to notice the DuMaurier versus Players bloody power struggle on
our Canadian streets? It's because there isn't one, just as there
would be significantly less gang violence if the U.S. and Canada both
legalized for adult consumption of all drugs. With drugs legalized, we
could then lay off a bunch of cops and hire more doctors, nurses and
addiction specialists.

Trevor Houlahan

(It's not really that simple.) 
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