#395 Three B.C. Newspapers Call For The Legalization Of Drugs

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009
Subject: #395 Three B.C. Newspapers Call For The Legalization Of Drugs

THREE B.C. NEWSPAPERS CALL FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS

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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #395 – Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Three major British Colombia newspapers have called for Canada to at
least consider legalizing drugs. The violence associated with the drug
trade has escalated to the point where the newspapers are calling for
new directions to be considered.

The Province published an editorial Sunday “Legalization Needs Study”.
The editorial starts by plainly stating “This newspaper has
traditionally opposed the legalization of drugs.” While the editorial
doesn’t jump headfirst into support for legalization, it does
acknowledge that now is time to debate the issue. Read the editorial
at http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n146/a01.html

Then Monday the Victoria Times-Colonist published an editorial “Gun
Epidemic Prescriptions” which ends stating:

“And it is time to recognize that gangs and guns are linked
inextricably to the huge profits in the drug trade. Those profits are
possible because of a failed, prohibition-based drug strategy. It’s
time to begin legalizing and controlling distribution as part of an
entirely new approach to reducing the damage done by guns.” See
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09.n155.a02.html

Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun columnist, addressed the same topic Monday
with this column http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09.n155.a03.html

With the facts on our side, we may influence the debate. Please read
the editorials and column at the above links where you will also find
contact information for sending letters to the editor.

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Prepared by: Stephen Young http://www.drugsense.org/current.htm

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