Pubdate: Wed, 03 May 2017
Source: Hamilton Spectator (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 The Hamilton Spectator
Author: John Vesprini
Page: A12

RE: Legalizing pot


Marijuana has been a concern of late. I am not a user. I feel that
Trudeau government has it right. Prohibition of alcohol was never
fully imposed in Canada but it was in the United States. Prior to
prohibition being enacted in the United States, bars were dominated by
men. During prohibition, speakeasies began to pop up and were more
appealing to women. Therefore more alcohol was consumed. Also, it
unknowingly fostered criminal organizations that are still here today.

There is no doubt, marijuana is in use. I applaud the Liberal
government for making it legal in 2018. The government will receive
the funds that are presently going to criminal gangs which then use
the money for other criminal activities. Whether legalizing pot will
increase user's consumption is yet to be known and very unlikely
seeing that if you want to use pot, you are using it right now.

John Vesprini, Stoney Creek
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