In Drug-related crime spikes ( Kathleen Harris, Feb. 25 ), the quote attributed to Peter MacKay set off red warning lights: "One would have to question the wisdom of proceeding with the decriminalization of marijuana, knowing that there are still all kinds of negative societal impacts tied directly to cannabis use."

To what negative societal impacts is he referring? Surely he can't mean being arrested for cannabis use, possession, supply or growing? This is the result of cannabis prohibition, not the herb itself.

When a pol makes such a broad, vague statement so short on facts and supporting data, it is time to call him on it. You in the media have a responsibility to the public to challenge the police and politicians to back up their statements, or else cry B.S. As long as the media avoid doing so, the powers that be will continue to get away with their lies and misdirection, and change will never happen.

Pubdate: Mon, 01 Mar 2004
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2004 Canoe Limited Partnership