Trudeau has it right on mar­i­juana

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Le­gal­iz­ing pot

Mar­i­juana has been a con­cern of late. I am not a user. I feel that Trudeau gov­ern­ment has it right. Pro­hi­bi­tion of al­co­hol was never fully im­posed in Canada but it was in the United States. Prior to pro­hi­bi­tion be­ing en­acted in the United States, bars were dom­i­nated by men. Dur­ing pro­hi­bi­tion, speakeasies be­gan to pop up and were more ap­peal­ing to women. There­fore more al­co­hol was con­sumed. Also, it un­know­ingly fos­tered crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions that are still here to­day.

There is no doubt, mar­i­juana is in use. I ap­plaud the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment for mak­ing it le­gal in 2018. The gov­ern­ment will re­ceive the funds that are presently go­ing to crim­i­nal gangs which then use the money for other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. Whether le­gal­iz­ing pot will in­crease user’s con­sump­tion is yet to be known and very un­likely see­ing that if you want to use pot, you are us­ing it right now. John Ve­sprini, Stoney Creek

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