Pubdate: Tue, 06 Dec 2016
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2016 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Pamela McColl
Page: A10


Re: Panel suggests new pot policies, John Ivison; Dec. 2

The legalization of marijuana products fails to take into account the
fact that the bulk of the market for marijuana is youth users, who
will continue to obtain marijuana illegally under any regulation schematic.

The suggestion that the federal task force report, due out on Dec. 21,
will recommend an age limit of 18 or 19, would see high school
students gaining legal access. What this country needs is a massive
public education campaign to reduce the demand for marijuana, not new
laws that could entice a generation of senior level students to try
their hand at supplying younger kids drugs for profit.

The risk of legalizing marijuana is that, with legitimacy, we could
well see greater use, a larger black market and more damage to a
generation of young Canadians. No responsible government would take
such a risk with our kids.

Pamela McColl, Vancouver
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