CN MB: OPED: Canada's Forgotten War on Drugs (Letters)
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1 CN MB: OPED: Canada's Forgotten War on DrugsMon, 06 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Ford, Tom Area:Manitoba Lines:101 Added:04/08/2009

YUCATAN, Mexico -- The Canadian guy at the swim-up bar seemed ready to fall off his stool and float away.

In an effort to help him focus, I asked him about Canada's involvement in Mexico's brutal drug war.

"What involvement?" he said.

And that's the problem. A lot of Canadians don't know about our stake in Mexico's war against drug lords, which now has a higher death rate than the war in Iraq.

The war's statistics are staggering: More than 7,000 people killed this year and last; 50,000 Mexican troops and federal police battling five big drug cartels armed with rocket-launchers, machine guns, grenades and armour-piercing sniper rifles over a drug trade valued at $50 billion a year.

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2 CN MB: PUB LTE: Legal Pot Is The AnswerWed, 08 Apr 2009
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Manitoba Lines:28 Added:04/09/2009

RE: Canada's forgotten war on drugs (April 6).

The U.S. and its psychotic laws against marijuana are what is causing all of this misery around the world. The rest of the world needs to tell these pushy bullies to grow up and legalize pot so that people can grow their own. Then the demand for Canadian and Mexican pot would disappear, along with the crime and violence associated with it.

But the U.S. doesn't want to end the war on plants because it keeps their privately owned jails full to the brim. It is all a scam.

Russell Barth

Nepean, Ont.

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