Pubdate: Sat, 22 Mar 2014
Source: Hamilton Spectator (CN ON)
Copyright: 2014 The Hamilton Spectator
Author: Jim Brady


Re: Medical marijuana changes unconstitutional: lawyer (Mar. 19)

Health Canada's decision to make approved users of medical marijuana 
purchase it through licensed producers has resulted in increased 
costs to the people who need it for medical purposes.

The most enthusiasm for the Conservative government's actions is 
among street sellers, who now will provide the drug to those who in 
the past grew their own.

If this government had been in charge when alcohol was outlawed and 
was a major problem, it would've never been legalized. However, the 
decision to legalize it has enabled governments to obtain significant 
revenue and control usage.

Legalization of marijuana would have the same effect on government 
revenue. The extra funds could be used to assist the disabled, 
jobless, and others. It is a shame that federal and provincial 
governments aid people in other countries with millions and millions 
of dollars while they have no funds, or very little funds, for 
Canadians who are homeless, go to bed hungry.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau indicated he would legalize marijuana, 
as is happening throughout the U.S, and has been attacked by 
Conservative leadership. The drug dealers will be enthusiastic about 
the Conservative decision. Many Canadians would welcome legalization 
and the resulting revenue that could reduce taxes. Medical users 
would not have to worry about the increased cost imposed on them by 
Health Canada.

Jim Brady, (a non-user) St. Catharines
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