Lalancette, Jason 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 CN AB: PUB LTE: Definition of AddictionSat, 30 Dec 2000
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Alberta Lines:36 Added:12/30/2000

I am writing to comment on your article titled "Pot use sky-high" (Dec. 27). There seems to be no definition of addiction in this silly article, which basically states the drug of choice for some users has been shifting from alcohol to marijuana.

If that is the case, we can all be thankful that unlike alcohol, marijuana doesn't cause brain and liver damage.

It is also non-addictive, so those who are truly "addicted" need to deal with whatever psychological problem expressed by their addiction.

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2 US ID: PUB LTE: Illegal Is IllegalTue, 21 Nov 2000
Source:Idaho State Journal (ID) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Idaho Lines:40 Added:11/22/2000

I am writing to comment on a letter to the editor published Sat. 18 Nov. titled "No Excuses":

Whether methamphetamine is dangerous or not (the writer cites no studies to substantiate his claims), is not a matter for the government. It is the decision of every human being what they want to put in their own body, not the State's. The policy of "zero tolerance" of course, could be applied to the real killers if we were interested in saving lives. In 1990 in the US, 39 percent of preventable deaths were due to tobacco, 28 percent to diet/activity patterns (mostly heart disease, stroke, etc.), 9 percent to alcohol, 8 percent to toxic agents, 6 percent to microbial agents, 3 percent to firearms, 3 percent to sexual behavior, 2 percent to motor vehicles, and 1.9 percent due to use of illegal drugs (mostly overdose deaths from drugs of unknown purity or adulterated drugs).

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3 US TX: PUB LTE: Government's War On Drugs Must Be CheckedThu, 19 Oct 2000
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Texas Lines:35 Added:10/19/2000

I am writing to offer a counter to the blatantly self-interested Oct. 7 Viewpoints article by Donnie Marshall, "Drug war requires dual attack."

It should be obvious by now that the DEA is an unaccountable agency of the U.S. government, which is totally interested in the continued prohibition of some drugs while remaining relatively silent on others. Many billions of dollars are spent chasing, prosecuting and incarcerating drug users and sellers, while the chief problems of prohibition remain: adulterated, expensive drugs, dead and diseased addicts, expanding crime syndicates (shouldn't this remind us of something?) and massive numbers of people, particularly blacks, in prison on silly charges less justifiable than those leveled at the Salem "witches."

It is time to start questioning the right of unaccountable bureaucracies to persecute and prosecute their citizens for victimless "crimes"; in particular, the draconian prohibition laws and political funding that allow these agencies to carry out their putrid wars.

JASON LALANCETTE, Saanich, British Columbia

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4 CN ON: PUB LTE: Benefits Of Herbs Aren't Studied Because Of PoliticalWed, 11 Oct 2000
Source:Chatham This Week (CN ON) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:10/11/2000

Dear editor:

In your editorial on Sept. 20 about marijuana, you says, "But we just don't know. Through our ignorance and unwillingness to think beyond conventional terms, we've managed as a society to relegate too many useful herbs and plants to the trash heap of potential."

I would argue that it is not "we" who are unwilling to study these herbs, but Health Canada, which has deliberately forced any studies of marijuana to focus on the negative effects, by refusing to provide cannabis to any study which could find politically "incorrect" results.

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5 CN ON: PUB LTE: Is It Anyone's Business What Plants People Grow?Sat, 07 Oct 2000
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:25 Added:10/07/2000

Why are our tax dollars being spent to fund these vicious practices, when they could be diverted to health care, education, social services, etc.? Is it anyone's business what plants people grow in their back yards?

Jason Lalancette, Saanich, B.C.

Comment: headline by newshawk

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6 CN ON: PUB LTE: Is It Anyone's Business What Plants PeopleSat, 07 Oct 2000
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:30 Added:10/07/2000

ANDREW SEYMOUR writes typical unquestioning propaganda in his article "Drug officers weed out pot" (Saturday Sun, Sept. 30) He doesn't mention the human costs of the war on drugs, only the apparent glee of officers as they steal private property and kill living plants, destroying lives in the process. How many real criminals get away while the OPP spends money and time pulling up plants and arresting growers? Why are our tax dollars being spent to fund these vicious practices, when they could be diverted to health care, education, social services, etc.? Is it anyone's business what plants people grow in their back yards?

(It is, until they change the law)

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7 US MA: PUB LTE: Column Misstates Causes And Effects Of Drug UseThu, 21 Sep 2000
Source:Gloucester Daily Times (MA) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:Massachusetts Lines:52 Added:09/22/2000

On Jim Munn's column titled "Dampening Demand for Drugs:"

You mistake the effects of prohibition for those of drugs themselves, and believe that somehow "demand" must be reduced.

People always have and always will use drugs, whether they are labelled legal or illegal. If there is no legal route to obtain illegal drugs, then illegal routes will be followed by definition.

In fact, there is a legitimate excuse for the demand for illegal drugs: they are safer than legal ones, such as alcohol and tobacco. Just look at the fatalities, and their causes.

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8 CN BC: PUB LTE: 2 Of 3 Showing The White Flag In Drug WarsWed, 20 Sep 2000
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Lalancette, Jason Area:British Columbia Lines:23 Added:09/20/2000

Mr. Miles and Mr. Mangham, of course, have an interest in maintaining the status quo because prohibition is an efficient way of maximizing harm, thus feeding the drug "treatment" industry, which has shamefully poor rates of success. Isn't it about time the government stopped telling us what we can ingest and focus on real crime?

Jason Lalancette, Saanich

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