Friday, July 04, 2008

Not that I need another one

but here's yet one more reason for the decriminalization of drugs, especially pot:

"Two Toronto police officers and three corrections officers were some of the 23 people arrested Thursday on suspicion of being involved with "a very elaborate criminal organization" that grew and sold marijuana and other drugs.

During a news conference Thursday, Toronto police Chief William Blair said an investigation in February into marijuana grow-ops in neighbouring York Region uncovered evidence that linked a Toronto constable to one of the residences under investigation.

Subsequent investigations led to allegations that a second member of the Toronto Police Service and three corrections officers were also involved in the "criminal enterprise, the primary purpose of which was the production and distribution of marijuana, the distribution of other drugs, and the laundering of the proceeds of their criminal enterprise," Blair said."

Well, isn't that just a kick in the ass for the theory that more "law & order" is the best solution to the drug problem. Sure -- throw everyone in prison and they'll just deal drugs out of their cells with the help of a couple of friendly "screws".

The illegal drug trade can only be taken down by one means, and we all know what that is but not enough of us have the guts or the brains to admit it. Anyone who's serious about stopping the scourge of drug-related crime knows that there's only one solution that will yield real world results, and that's decriminalization. We need to stop listening to the authoritarian whiners who dwell on punishment of the individual for what they deem to be some kind of "moral failing". All the while ignoring the reality of how deeply the drug trade's tangled and byzantine web runs into the very system that claims to be fighting it.

Wake up!