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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: PUB LTE: Prohibiting Pot Not The Answer
Title:CN BC: PUB LTE: Prohibiting Pot Not The Answer
Published On:2012-01-26
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-30 06:01:21
PROHIBITING POT NOT THE ANSWER

Editor:

Re: Study effects of marijuana, Jan. 10.

While I can appreciate Steinberg and Sterle, Jr.'s concerns, it must
be remembered that according to DEA Judge Francis L. Young,
"Marijuana is the safest therapeutically active substance known to
man... safer than many foods we commonly consume." ( Sept. 6, 1988)

Moreover, that research into cannabis had been terminated in 2007 in
conjunction with the government's anti-drug strategy. This occurred
in spite of concerns from within the legalization movement, whose
proponents have consistently called for open and unbiased study
regarding cannabis.

The harms attributed to cannabis are the direct result of legislation
which governs it.

Prohibition has demonized cannabis and criminalized those who use it
since its inception, yet it has failed to demonstrate itself capable
of safeguarding either youth, the community or the taxpayer.

Prohibition empowers violent gangs while undermining good governance
and faith in our political leaders.

Stop the Violence BC ( http://stoptheviolencebc.org/ ), The Vienna
Declaration ( http://www.viennadeclaration.com/about/backgrounder/ )
and The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (
http://www.icsdp.org/ ) are three sites which provide the science
supporting sensible drug policy.

Wayne Phillips,

Communications Director,

Educators For Sensible Drug Policy,

Hamilton, On.
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