Pay for it yourself is one of the tenets of my philosophy, and so I am not a supporter of free drugs for addicts at "safe-injection" sites paid for with taxpayer loot. But neither do I appreciate the Federal Conservative government's plan to spend $64 million over the next two years to treat and enforce "unspecified" drug crimes.
Two-thirds of that money will go to prevention and treatment programs and the rest will be used to beef up enforcement, including the introduction of new mandatory minimum sentences for an unspecified slate of drug crimes.Quite simply put, it's none of the government's business whether a peace (law?) abiding individual consumes transfats, smokes some weed, smokes a pack of cigarettes in a night or drinks some wine, so long as they are minding their own business at their own expense. But of course, the government is in the business of minding your business for you, and accordingly, it's ultimately not up to you how your time and money is spent. Your earnings are the proceeds of tomorrow's enforcement crew.
Lorne Gunter points to other flaws in the Tory proposal:
There is every indication that the Tories' plan will lead to an obsession with arresting individual users, and rely too heavily on persuading addicts to kick their habit. In other words, it will focus on winning the war on drugs by attacking the demand side. Reduce the number of users, the theory goes, and the drug kingpins, smugglers and pushers will have no one to sell to. The drug trade will become unprofitable and they will quit it.cp: The Broom