Drug bill to increase crime

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To the editor,
I believe Bill C-15 is designed specifically to increase crime. It is designed to manufacture more criminals so that the new multi-billion dollar for-profit prison industry.
Also, by scaring off the small time pot growers with threats of mandatory jail time, the government is handing more of the business to the gangsters who are not afraid of anything. This will result in more wealth for them, which means more violent competition.
Future governments will use this inevitable increase in crime to justify the increased budgets and powers of police, the building of a dozen more jails, and the further erosion of our collective civil rights and liberties. It also helps them pander to their myopic and misinformed voter base, and paints anyone sensible as soft on crime.
As for legalizing things like meth, coke, x, and heroin, we must consider that junk food kills many times more Canadians each year than all illegal drugs combined and that marijuana is yet to kill a single person.
These hard drugs are already statistically safer than either alcohol or tobacco, yet these two poisons are regulated and taxed.
Regulating drugs would do far more to reduce the problems currently associated with them. If all of these drugs were made by professional labs and sold in pharmacies, they would be a lot safer: dose-regulated, age-restricted, and quality-controlled.
Further, the street dealers would have no customers.
Of course, legalizing and regulating marijuana alone would save us about a billion dollars a year, generate an additional $3 billion in annual tax revenue, free up police resources, and drastically reduce the demand for hard drugs. That is $4 billion a year for things that actually reduce drug use, like treatment, education, health-care, job creation, and social programs.
But prohibitionists refuse to admit to facts, science, history, or common sense. Like religious zealots, the more proof you give them, the more they dig in their heels and insist that only more prohibition can save us from the problems caused by prohibition.
Their plan is to spend billions, to jail tens of thousands, in the meager hope of terrifying millions into obeying their absurd, gangster-subsidizing laws.
Prohibitionists are not merely demented, they are diabolically evil.

Russell Barth, Nepean, Ont.
Federally licensed medical marijuana user

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