Pubdate: Thu, 10 May 2012
Source: Daily Courier, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: H. Christian Fibiger


It is regrettable that in the editorial of April 28, The Daily Courier
chose to take a number of cheap shots at the thoughtful and
politically courageous B.C. mayors who are calling for the
decriminalization, taxation and strict regulation of marijuana.

Nowhere in their declaration did the mayors advocate that criminals be
permitted to run grow-ops in a decriminalized, regulated system.

Nowhere was there any suggestion marijuana would be available in
corner stores. And who says that different varieties and strengths of
marijuana couldn't be part of a regulated system?

We can continue to stick our heads in the sand and adhere to the
failed prohibitionist policies of the past 50 years, or we can begin
to think about better, less harmful ways to deal with this aspect of
the human condition.

The managing editor does our community a disservice by not being a
leading voice in advocating for a serious discussion about how society
might better deal with marijuana.

Calling the mayors "naive" and making unwarranted assumptions about
what a decriminalized and regulated system might look like are
unfortunate and irresponsible.

H. Christian Fibiger,

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