Thomas got it right on marijuana column

Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good U.S. relations.

Editor:

Re: Shaun Thomas’ Nov. 14 column, Prince Rupert Northern View.

Now that neighbouring 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 confuse the drug war’s tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant.

Robert Sharpe, MPA

Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.