In the dog days of summer, the legalization of marijuana discussion will once again fill the vacuum left by much of the political news that takes a vacation in July and August.
The story is out now that marijuana busts in Canada for simple use, are up by 30%. What does it mean? Not very much in the way of cutting demand for dope. Not very much in the way of cutting demand for harder drugs. Not very much in the way of helping society to deal with other forms of crime.
You don't have to be a cynic to conclude that our cops are being told to go out there and pick the low hanging fruit. Might we all be be better off if they put the boots to more serious crime? Cops will say if they are given the benefit of annonymity that busting users for simple posession is a huge waste of resources for busy police and clogged courts.
Kathleen Parker is a frequent guest on Adler on Line, had one of her most recent columns published in the National Post. Her politics are usually on the right. But her War on Marijuana politics are not. Her recent headline reads, "Bogarting Sanity." You have to wonder how much longer the U.S. and Canada will be Bogarting Common Sense.
The fastest path to a 21st century society that makes sense is smoking out 19th century laws that don't.