Pubdate: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 Source: Haliburton County Echo, The (CN ON) Copyright: 2011sOSPREY Media Group Inc. Contact: http://www.haliburtonecho.ca/feedback1/LetterToEditor.aspx Website: http://www.haliburtonecho.ca/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3972 Author: Russell Barth, Educators For Sensible Drug Policy Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n353/a06.html?1401 A DIFFERENT TAKE To the Editor, RE: OPP preparing for spring marijuana suppression strategy, Haliburton Echo, May 31 The people most pleased about this eradication policy are the 90 to 95 per cent of growers who will never be caught. This colossal waste of time and money is not only failing to fix things, it is, in fact, outrageously counterproductive. If the police busted twice as many grow ops this year as last year, they would still only get about 20 per cent of them, one-fifth - probably less. Every time they bust one grow op - indoor, outdoor, small or big - all they do is make the ones they don't catch that much more valuable. Not only is the illegality of pot the very thing that makes growing it so lucrative, the police are actually subsidizing the entire industry by busting only a minority of the growers. They also like to tell the public this is somehow interfering with organized crime or preventing pot from reaching your kids, but informed people know better. Every year, the cops bust more and more people and, every year, organized criminals grow stronger and pot becomes more widely available. Is this the Canada you want to live in? A country where government and cops and media lie to the public and help gangsters, and deprive people of valuable medicine and billions in tax revenue? Because that is the Canada you live in right now. Russell Barth Educators For Sensible Drug Policy - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.