Keep ice out of our towns

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - NOEL THOMP­SON

THE com­mu­nity ex­pects its politi­cians to work to­gether to solve big is­sues, such as the metham­phetamine epi­demic.

As a fa­ther, I am pet­ri­fied that one of my chil­dren may have a try of this re­volt­ing drug and get hooked.

If the penal­ties for the pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion of ice is the same as the slap on the wrist for smok­ing and grow­ing weed, I think we are in lots of trou­ble.

In the US penal­ties for pos­ses­sion and sale of metham­phetamine is the same as heroin and co­caine.

The po­lice in our coun­try towns have to be backed all the way by the ju­di­cial sys­tem and the gov­ern­ment to hand down jail sen­tences to peo­ple ped­dling this scourge on our com­mu­nity.

A $300 fine just doesn’t cut it for pos­ses­sion. A jail term is the only way to treat this can­cer on our way of life.

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