Pubdate: Tue, 23 Aug 2011
Source: Salmon Arm Observer (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Salmon Arm Observer
Author: Pat Leibel


Recent events such as the gang murder in Kelowna, biker turf wars in
Quebec and Ontario, and numerous other gang activities and criminal
organizations of every type can only be expected to increase as gangs
increase their wealth and use it to corrupt officials to further
extend the tentacles of their criminal enterprises.

It should come as a surprise to nobody, that the myriad of other drugs
finding their way into society via criminal organizations have, at
their roots, the prohibition of cannabis. Poorly educated people from
rural areas lacking in both wealth and employment become willing
growers of this fast growing plant, and a secret asset and employer to
impoverished communities, where easy money is a significant incitement.

In this way, cocaine and heroin finds their way into your little
community. In this way, crystal methadone and various other hard drugs
find their way into your community.

The average Joe, who would have initially been happy with a few tokes,
is instead presented with a smorgasbord, complete with unscrupulous
dealers who encourage the use of more profitable and addictive drugs,
thereby creating the return customers who will stop at nothing to
obtain the money needed to feed the addiction that hard drugs create.

I'm most certainly not advocating the legalization of all drugs,
though I believe the money wasted on control would be better spent on
education. Marijuana is not a narcotic, and never has been, except
politically - yet another sorry example of politics trumping science.

Sever the conduit that organized crime depends upon to infiltrate
their hard drugs into every community where prohibition exists, and
you sever the head of the beast.

Why do our politicians seem so intent on ignoring this reality?
Burying one's head in the sand accomplishes nothing.

Pat Leibel

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