Skip to comments.It's time to legalize pot
Posted on 09/06/2002 8:59:47 AM PDT by MrLeRoy
It's enough for a big thumbs up ... or a big light up, if you prefer.
Canada should legalize marijuana use by adults, a Senate committee recommended Wednesday. The report comes on the heels of a two-year study of public policy relating to pot.
The present system of prohibition on marijuana just doesn't work, the committee found. Obviously, the committee learned something from early 20th-century history, when alcohol was prohibited in the United States. Then, prohibition simply gave gangsters a product to move and people to shoot.
Instead of the current system that penalizes people for having small quantities of pot on them, there should instead be a regulated system for marijuana, perhaps like our current system for alcohol, the committee determined.
"Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and health issue," said Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, the committee chair.
It's true that taking pot still involves the harmful intake of smoke, which the committee recognized. But, as the committee pointed out, it's more of a health issue than anything else.
In addition, making pot legal would clear the way for our police to tackle other, more harmful crimes relating to the public good. Really, would you rather see a pot smoker or a child molester behind bars?
Whether the federal government will ever adopt the Senate recommendations is up in the air. Hopefully the feds won't throw up a smokescreen on this to cloud the issue, and goes ahead with legalization.
I have no idea what you're trying to communicate. "Delegalizing" is another term for legalizing?
Never thought I'd say it: Common sense in Canada. Could this happen the in US? I hope so.
Perhaps a job security issue?
More of a featherbedding issue. Which would you rather take on: a murderer or a stoner?
And also tax the h*ll out of it. Say about $2 a toke. On top of the retail price.
Retail price? If legalized, people could grow their own.
And $2/toke? Please consider rescinding any previous comments you may have made on this board at any time about supporting a smaller, less intrusive Govt.
Maybe he meant "relegalizing".
What a laugh! Do Canadians believe that crap, heh? Good ole hardy hoser types? Surely not.
That makes sense. It would be a useful term. I had one WODer (on NewsMax) confidently claim to me that 'illegal drugs have always been illegal'; I'm sure there are others who share his ignorance.
Sometimes I wonder . . .
It's plain common sense---why wouldn't they believe it?
That's the difference between you and Clowntoon.
Sure on the condition that every sip of alcohol you pay $2, and every cigarette drag you pay $2 also.
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