Legalize pot – for the children

Legalization, regulation and taxation only part of the solution

The News’ editorial Lobbying for pot, Feb. 21 is correct. Legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana would also go toward safeguarding youth and communities while kick-starting an economic boon. It could enhance the targeting of cross-border trafficking while providing an opportunity for unhindered research, unbiased education and a comprehensive harm reduction program.

Legalization, regulation and taxation is only part of the solution. A comprehensive yet radical approach must include a sensible national drug strategy. What, indeed, are politicians consuming to make inaction seem like the right decision?

Wayne Phillips

 

Hamilton, Ontario