Pubdate: Wed, 30 Dec 2015
Source: Beacon Herald, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2015 Osprey Media Group Inc.
Author: David C. Stapleford
Page: A5


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken of the legalization of 
marijuana and on this I agree.

I have many people close to me that do partake (I do not) and the 
idea of prosecuting and incarcerating a placid harmless doobie smoker 
is abhorrent to me. With our courts and prisons overwhelmed, do we 
really need to waste our resources on this issue? I think not.

Sadly, I see the flawed argument Trudeau puts forth. He avows it is 
not another governmental revenue stream and any tax dollars would go 
toward addiction research, treatment and recovery. I do not believe a 
single word the prime minister says.

Will he provide an independent, transparent accounting of where 
revenues received will be allocated? I think not. We all pay tax on 
our gasoline, yet a mere eight cents of every $1 gasoline tax dollar 
collected is spent on transportation.

The evil is known as the general fund, where money disappears into an 
a fiscal abyss, where votes are bought and pockets are lined.

David C. Stapleford

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