Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness
Posted by CN Staff on January 19, 2004 at 06:57:56 PT
By Jody Paterson, CanWest News Service 
Source: Victoria Times-Colonist 
It is time the government admits defeat in the war on pot, and legalizes a substance that so many Canadians already use. I can't imagine how much money has been spent in 100 years of trying to rid the country of marijuana. But however many mega-billions it adds up to, I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that it's all been for naught.
I mean, one look at the pictures of that great big barn of a marijuana operation discovered alongside the highway in Barrie, Ont. tells you everything you need to know about how the "war on drugs" is going in Canada. Not well.I guess we could blame police, although it seems to me they've been trying their best for the better part of a century now. Or maybe the courts for being too lenient in their sentencing. Or the Summer of Love.But I'm thinking that the real problem is us, smoking marijuana by the bushel from one end of the country to the other and then acting like it's a surprise that a hot little growth industry has sprung up to keep us supplied.Market forces are a powerful thing, especially when the product in question brings pleasure. People like pleasure. They'll seek it even when it's illegal, which is why laws to stop drug use and prostitution have had little effect. Snipped: Complete Article: Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author: Jody Paterson, CanWest News Service Published: Monday, January 19, 2004Copyright: 2004 Times ColonistContact: letters times-colonist.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Canadian Cannabis Links Your Own? It's a Bummer Up on Pot Growers, Canada's on a Roll 'Growing Like Weeds', Indeed!
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Comment #2 posted by Truth on January 19, 2004 at 09:40:06 PT
or she....
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Comment #1 posted by Truth on January 19, 2004 at 09:39:19 PT
What he said.
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