Pubdate: Wed, 22 Mar 2017
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Pamela McColl
Page: 8
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.

It's not worth it

The Manitoba Minister of Justice's move to get out in front of the
marijuana legalization train-wreck is to be applauded. However, if the
federal government does remove marijuana possession from the Criminal
Code the costs of enforcement fall to the provinces. If the province
involves itself in the distribution of marijuana, something the feds
are unlikely to do, the cost to education the public on marijuana
harms and risks will also fall to the provinces, who will have no
choice but to spend massively or face liability for failure to warn,
as they will have become part of the problem, rather than the
solution. Add the increase costs to health care and insurance, and a
decline in productivity, and legalization becomes a recipe for
provincial financial disaster. For what - so a small minority can get
temporarily high? Seriously!

Pamela McColl

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(A small minority is already getting "temporarily" high.)
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