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More than half of the cocaine sniffed. snorted, or mainlined in the United States originates in Peru. Small Peruvian farmers, most of them Indian peasants in the Andes mountains, grow between 50 and 70 per cent of the coca plants from which cocaine is produced, Their neighbors over the border in Bolivia grow most of the rest. So American drug enforcement officials were understandably jubilant when the military government of Peru, after years of according the cocaine trade a low priority. passed a sweeping drug-control law in March.
A man and his 14-month-old daughter were killed and the man’s wife injured when an impaired driver drove into their car according to the April 13 Herald. The impaired driver’s licence Was under suspension as a result of driving impaired previously. The prosecutor asked for a sentence that-would deter others. He was sentenced for three years imprisonment. I have to wonder at the justice of laws that will jail a man for only three years who has been involved with the death of two people, and yet would jail another man for up to seven years for merely possessing marijuana. If that man sold some marijuana to someone else, he could be sent away to jail for life under the existing laws, Perhaps the laws might make some sense if the persons who sold the liquor to the impaired driver were imprisoned as well as the driver.
A. D. CHARBONNEAU, Calgary .
(The penalty for marijuana possession ranges irom a maximum of six months on a first offence to a maximum of seven years after repeated convictions ~ Editor, The Herald).
Marijuana use condemned
Re April 26 letter, “Marijuana dangerous drug.” is well and completely eXplained. I hope and pray its use will never be legalized – many of the crimes committed are results from such indulgences. Re April 26 ‘letter section’ by Mrs. Susan Friesen. title “MPs and Abortion” Her few weighty words should be, heeded by all mankind, otherwise we all are encouraging an early destruction of this our “sin sick world.”
MRS. M. SCHEUER.