Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, July 31, 2006

Keeping drugs illegal undermines authority

Written by fellow EFSDP.ORG and law reform advocate, Russel Barth - this letter exeplifies how a published opinion can be tackled head on in the letters sections. of the newspapers...
To The Editor,
Re: Respect for authority has vanished, Quinn’s Quips, July 22. Respect for authority truly has vanished – due in large part to drug prohibition. When the enforcement of absurd laws is given such high priority, it undermines all the good work that police do. Also, a police officer will get “suspension with pay” for a crime that would have a civilian in jail for three years. How can anyone be expected to obey the laws when the people we hire to enforce them can’t be trusted to obey them? Something as heinous as molesting a child and ruining a whole family’s life will get you the same jail sentence as growing a few pot plants in your backyard. Is that “justice”? We live in a drug culture that advertises booze, fast cars, fast food, violent movies and video games and drugs of all kinds on TV. Then we tell kids “say no to drugs.” They see right though this hypocrisy. Taking the drug business out of the hands of teens and criminals and putting it into the hands of responsible adults is socially conservative. Generating tax revenue from that industry is fiscally conservative, and using that money to teach kids why they should avoid drugs is morally conservative. By not legalizing and regulating drug production and sales, we subsidize criminals, make drugs easier for kids to access than either tobacco or alcohol, waste valuable police resources and deprive ourselves of billions in annual tax revenue. All of this serves to undermine respect for authority. If we want to regain respect for authority, the authorities have to stop behaving in absurd, contradictory and hypocritical ways.
Russell Barth, medical marijuana licence holder, Ottawa

Blair Anderson
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