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By Hempology | January 21, 2005

Chronicle reporter Ted Hill says “police shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of an entirely preventable 80 year political fiasco.” ( Jan. 4 )

The brunt of the “political fiasco” has, is, and will continue to be borne by those charged with offences. Criminal records are torture spread out over a lifetime.

Ladysmith-Chemanius Chronicle

Police are important players in perpetuating this persecution. When they propagandize scientific research about cannabis in their DARE program ( a U.S. business franchise ), they destroy their credibility on all other drugs.

Their zeal in helicopter surveillance has lead to the grow-op boom, and a new fear to monger – killer molds. Just how these grow-op molds differ from the leaky condo ones ( or the high schools ) is not explained. I’m sure they can come up with a worst case scenario of a grower using as many pesticides and fertilizers inside the house as most golf courses or orchards use outside.

When our police chief suggests increased penalties will improve the situation, what does he mean? Will it scare people away from growing gold in their basement? Will it reduce the number of grow-ops from 10,000 to 9,000? Or will it encourage people to switch from a three-month seed to sale pot garden in the basement, to a one or two-day bathtub meth business?

The policy of brutally treating some people who use some plants has been a fiasco for many decades, as reporter Hill correctly notes.

Police strategy and tactics in waging this assault on a non-violent activity that only threatens some people’s prejudices have been spectacularly unsuccessful. Cracking down on “crimes” of consensual activities only fuels robbery and violence.

It’s time the other major players in this calamity, the politicians and the press, get them back on target. ( Thanks, Chronicle, for allowing debate on this vital issue. ) Citizens expect and need protection from violence and robbery. That’s what we want from our taxes.

But the occasional criticism of police methods that occasionally surfaces in the media is a brunt they should be strong enough to bear.

R. Clarke,


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