Pubdate: Thu, 23 Feb 2012
Source: Almaguin News (CN ON)
Copyright: Almaguin News 2012
Author: Bruce Symington


To the Editor:

These cops live in some sort of fantasy construct that sort of
resembles reality, but not quite. Witness the letter from former
(thank goodness) police officer Rick Dalton published in the Feb. 16
Almaguin News, "Former officer weighs in on pot debate."

He calls out a serving officer who advocates for legalization of
cannabis, ignoring the fact that LEAP (Law Enforcement Against
Prohibition) has been saying the same things for years, and ignoring
also the courage that it takes for said officer to speak out. He says
a bunch of nasty things about said officer, and ends by saying that
he, like all good people would turn in their child for a cannabis offense.

Now, let's be honest here, he says a pound of pot, which is quite a
bit, but not huge. It is about the size of a loaf of bread. So he
would turn in his son to the cops, who would then charge junior, drag
him through the courts, give him a criminal record, basically throw
the entire weight of the state into messing up this guy's entire life,
all for a pound of pot. Sad, really, when you think of it. He drank
from the cop Kool Aid jug so deeply that he would do that to his own

Actually, public sentiment is shifting dramatically in the opposite
direction, and I assert that not one parent in a hundred would do that
to their child. Just the heartless, unthinking ones.

Bruce Symington,

Medicine Hat
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