McQUARRIE – Portugal no rogue state of hippie drug enthusiasts

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LAST WEEK’S column on our failed policies of criminalization and enforcement on drug use, generated a large number of comments with opinions ranging from:  “Build large warehouse prisons and lock up those who cannot live with the rest of us.” to “…a little insight and understanding the plight of addicts would go along way with the public concerns.”

It was a mix of intolerance, misconceptions and compassion.  And if the comments were representative of Kamloops in general, the law and order side was the predominantly held view.

There were suggestions that more money, more police, more prisons and in some comments, even the suspension of the Canadian Charter of rights would help solve the problem.


Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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1 Comment on McQUARRIE – Portugal no rogue state of hippie drug enthusiasts

  1. Suspending the Charter of Rights is a good idea and could be repl;aced with a Charter of Responsibilitys.

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