Marc Emery: Call For Law Reforms

Re: Friday’s editorial, Victims’ views aren’t all that matter.

Our laws should be reformed so that there is only a crime if there is a victim. Vices are not crimes. Prohibitions on drugs, sex, gambling and other non-violent activities only serve to punish consenting activities.

Unlike legitimate laws that punish rape, violence, murder and theft, laws that prohibit drugs actually manufacture crime where there would be none if such laws did not exist. No one incarcerated in the prison I’m in would have been selling drugs or manufacturing drugs if those drugs were legal. Drug dealers wouldn’t exist if drugs were distributed by responsible manufacturers and sellers in a legal, regulated marketplace.

– Read the entire letter to the editor at The Province.