Fo­cus on or­ga­nized crime

Kingston Whig-Standard - - OPINION -

Mar­i­juana should have been de­crim­i­nal­ized im­me­di­ately by the new gov­ern­ment, and money, time and pre­cious lim­ited court fa­cil­i­ties not wasted on 16,000 un­nec­es­sary cases of pos­ses­sion in 2016 (plus how many this year and next un­til the promised sum­mer of 2018?).

Like the present grow-ops and dis­pen­saries, the po­lice have been put on no­tice, but with a lot more lead time to get of­fi­cers out and trained as re­quired. How much more slowly can one in­tro­duce a law than three years, for the rest of the sys­tem to be ready? I am sure changes in tax leg­is­la­tion do not get that long for the pri­vate sec­tor to catch up.

I fail to see how rob­beries and home in­va­sions are go­ing to in­crease just be­cause a fam­ily might have a few plants grow­ing when every fam­ily will have that op­tion. I am sure the fo­cus should be on or­ga­nized crime and not do­mes­tic cases — do­mes­tic ones will be legal soon, so fo­cus on the real con­cerns that won’t be legal for some time to come. Gary Cameron Kingston

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