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Time to lift pot ban

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Re: Pot laws hurting society (Editorials, Jan. 7). I can't believe the government is hell bent on ignoring the cash cow marijuana could provide. Did Stephen Harper get beat up by potheads too often in high school?

I found the tougher growing laws absolutely ridiculous. Guess who is going to continue to grow despite the new legislation? Gangs, that's who. Let them reap the profits and become stronger.

I think the government should produce it, sell it and, of course, tax it. Make it a Crown corporation. That may seem crazy, but with the rising costs of everything it seems, it is not completely impractical.

STEPHEN GOLPHY

Winnipeg

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Kudos on your editorial. Now that Washington State and Colorado have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good U.S. relations.

In 2002, the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs concluded that marijuana is relatively benign, prohibition contributes to organized crime, and law enforcement efforts have little impact on patterns of use.

Consider the experience of the former land of the free and current world leader in per capita incarceration. The U.S. has double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available.

The only winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who deliberately confuse the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant.

ROBERT SHARPE

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 14, 2013 A11

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