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Pubdate: Sat, 11 Sep 2004
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2004 Calgary Herald
Author: Russell Barth, For the Calgary Herald
Note: Russell Barth is a writer, artist, and activist living in Ottawa. He is a former Federal Medical Marijuana License Holder (MMAR) and is co-author of Mommy's Funny Medicine, the world's first children's book about medical marijuana.
POT CAFES A SIGN OF THE FUTURE
Vancouver Cops Raid Da Kine Cafe
On Thursday, Vancouver police in a convoy of 30 cruisers surrounded the Da Kine Cafe, erected barricades to hold back angry crowds and detained six people.
The raid came a day after B.C.'s solicitor general encouraged police to crack down on the cafe, which is accused of selling marijuana over the counter.
Spokeswoman Sarah Bloor said police -- aware of the cafe through media reports -- needed time to methodically build a case.
In articles all over the Net, I have been reading about Da Kine, a coffee shop in Vancouver that has been selling cannabis over the counter for more than four months.
I think it is wonderful, and hope to see shops like these in every city and town in Canada.
It can't happen under the Liberal's phony "decriminalization" bill, though.
The fact that Da Kine can exist in Vancouver, and crime and hard drug activities actually go down in the area, added to the fact that, for more than 30 years, the same thing has been occurring in Amsterdam, just proves that prohibition is a colossal failure.
Looking at worldwide statistics, it would almost lead one to believe prohibition was specifically designed to increase crime and hard drug activity, not deter it.
Da Kine proves it is beneficial for all of society to end prohibition, and regulate cannabis sales to adults through shops such as these.
The sky didn't fall, the world didn't end, no kids got any and a few people had a slightly better day because they had somebody safe to buy their cannabis from.
That is my kind of Canada.
Of course, continuing to spend billions on failed policies is old news with our government.
The sponsorship scandal, the gun registry and prohibition are just a few examples of more than a decade of mismanagement.
As they did with gay marriage and abortion, the government likely just wants to wait for the courts to decide the law for it.
Judging by its misguided, phony "decrim" bill, it might be for the best, actually. But, in the meantime, I hope to see shops such as Da Kine open in my city.
A year from now, we will see them all over Canada, and it won't be long before Revenue Canada starts taking its cut.
And that could eventually mean several billion dollars every year we could spend on health care, education or affordable housing.
Imagine the irony of paying for our military and law-enforcement from Cannabis Tax Revenues.
Wouldn't we all like to read the headline "Cannabis legalized, taxed," rather than read the headline "Taxes raised to fund more marijuana prohibition."
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