posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 12:39 AM
As an American who has lived in Canada for the past twenty years, I too am alarmed at the sudden increase in crime. But I am dumbfounded that you
would somehow associate this influx in crime with Marijuana. Marijuana has been, as you and most other Canadians must know, quite prevalent in the
news -- and on the streets -- for quite a number of years. You should note that there hasn't been an increase in crime during much of that period
that could possibly be attached to marijuana.
The culprit, in my opinion, is CRYSTAL METH. This very cheap, easy to produce and highly addictive drug is the driving force for much of this street
violence. No wonder that the Canadian government recently enacted extremely harsh punishments for the manufacture, sale and use of Crystal Meth. In
some instances, a life sentence can be handed down for this most destructive substance. Furthermore, the Canadian government is looking towards
developing a system of drug treatment centers for the victims of Crystal Meth addiction.
When keeping this in mind, it is odd to link Marijuana with the violence when the government is looking towards decriminalization. It is clear that
the government, on the other hand, has made a definite link with Crystal Meth. Remember, Marijuana is NOT physically addictive. One cannot say that
about Crystal Meth.
As for the violence problem being a cultural problem, well I also have to agree with that, at the risk of appearing racist. However, there are some
cultures in the multicultural mileau that IS Canada that seem to be surrounded by a culture of violence and crime. Education is, it seems, the only
real answer to help incorporate these disenfranchised cultures into the general peaceable multicultural dream that embodies Canada.