Pubdate: Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Source: Surrey Leader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Surrey Leader
Author: Stan White


It's commendable that B.C. public health officers recognize the 
obvious pitfalls of cannabis (marijuana) prohibition ("Legalize and 
tax pot, health officers urge," The Leader, Jan. 3,). However, some 
clarifications must be made.

Cannabis may not be totally safe but it hasn't directly killed anyone 
in over 5,000 years of documented use. That's safety on a Biblical 
scale. Cannabis should be re-legalized, regulated and taxed because 
it is far safer than alcohol and it is here for the duration anyway. 
Why keep forcing the dangerous underground black market to regulate a 
business that is guaranteed to continue?

Citizens, including teens who purchase cannabis, may be doing so from 
people who also sell hard drugs which increases hard drug addiction 
rates. Selling the extremely popular God-given plant cannabis like 
alcohol would remove hard drugs from the equation.

Cannabis prohibition hasn't worked anywhere in North America; a sane 
reason to continue cannabis prohibition just doesn't exist.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado
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