PETERS – Decriminalizing drug use can’t make the problem much worse

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THERE ARE TWO PLAUSIBLE EXTREMES when it comes to the legal system’s handling of drug possession.

On one extreme is Singapore, which has capital punishment and uses it 70 per cent of the time to execute people for drug-related offences.

On the other extreme is the Netherlands, where the attitude is to openly tolerate drug use, even if soft drugs are still technically illegal.

That’s accompanied by a policy to treat soft drug use as a public health issue.

The execution practice of Singapore might be an effective deterrent, but it’s also, suffice it to say, a little less than humane.

Here in Canada, drug use is treated as both a public health and criminal justice issue.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

About Mel Rothenburger (7716 Articles) is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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