Pubdate: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
Source: Sooke News Mirror (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Sooke News Mirror
Author: Jan Nielsen


Whereas I applaud Cpl. Scott Hilderley's community concern for our 
younger citizens, I feel that he has somehow missed the mark. Of 
course we do not want our children or grand-children using marijuana, 
anymore than we would like to see them using alcohol or tobacco.

I understand that his point has to do with making healthy choices, 
but my point is, that these latter two products are legal, and where 
we, as a society, have decided that one must be of a certain age to 
purchase them, they are still offered for sale. Under discussion 
therefore, is not whether marijuana has benefits or not, but that 
this substance is illegal under the criminal code.

If organized crime offers a product for sale that some people would 
crawl through a sewer to get their hands on, and pay any price for, 
whether it be liquor or cannabis, the problem has become societal, 
not a matter of criminality.

Prohibition does not work, as has been exemplified during the 1930's. 
My feeling on the matter is that one should be able to patronize 
one's neighbourhood Liquor and cannabis distribution branch and be 
able to purchase a nice bottle of (BC) Chardonnay, and a container of 
BC Bud (buy local), for personal use, without it being an unlawful 
offence. As has been pointed out numerous times, the product would be 
out of the hands of the criminal element, could be taxed accordingly, 
and like liquor and tobacco, one would have to be of a certain age to 
purchase it.

I do not pretend to have the definitive solution on this matter, but 
my thanks to Cpl. Hilderley and the Sooke News Mirror for providing a 
forum for the discussion of this subject.

Jan Nielsen

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