Pubdate: Wed, 08 Mar 2017
Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Bob Hansen
Page: 12
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


On his recent Western road trip, the prime minister stated that the
impending legalization of marijuana will take money out of gangs' pockets.

These are criminals he is talking about, and true to their nature they
will continue with illegal (tax-free) money-making activities. Most
likely gangs will intensify their efforts towards further introducing
and increasing sales of highly profitable opioids and crack to our
most vulnerable residents, thus replacing their pot-related income
that the prime minister "took out of their pockets."

The consequence will be dire for individuals, families and our

It is important for our PM to understand the bigger picture of complex
issues before bragging about erroneous consequences.

Bob Hansen Ottawa

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(It may be naive to assume they'll all become legitimate business
people and all will be well.)
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