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Non-practising BC College of to corrupt.” selling drugs. Teachers teaching certificate? Naturally, Fox only Nobody is in jail for producing, marketing or said all that when he Retired teacher? was no longer president eating junk food. Even Santa needs help in choosing the right because, otherwise, the Friedman was right, Please read this notice and visit www.bcct.ca immediately

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IKE THOSE GENERALS who used to discover nuclear weapons were not a good thing about 20 minutes after they took off their uniforms and started collecting their pensions, we have had a parade of former presidents who knew the war on drugs was a bad thing — but only mentioned it after they were already ex-presidents. Now, at last, we have one who is saying it out loud while he is still in office. President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, the country that has suffered even more than Mexico from the drug wars, is an honest and serious man. He is also brave because any political leader who advocates the legalization of narcotic drugs will become a prime target of the prohibition industry. He has chosen to do it anyway. “We are basically still thinking within the same framework as we have done for the past 40 years,” he told The Observer in a recent interview in Bogota. “A new approach should try and take away the violent profit that comes with drug trafficking . . . If that means legalizing [drugs]. . . then I will welcome it.” Santos has no intention of becoming a kamikaze politician: “What I won’t do is become the vanguard of that movement [to legalise drugs] because then I will be crucified. “But, I would gladly participate in those discussions, because we are the country that’s still suffering most . . . from the high consumption in the U.S., the UK

United States would of course, but 40 years have punished Mexico of the war on drugs With the passage of the Teachers’ Act and the transition of the BC College of Teachers severely for stepping out have also shown that to the new Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education, there are some of line. arguments based on changes that may require you to take urgent action. In the same spirit, logic, natural justice or history (the obvious par- former presidents All persons who hold 18 a non-practising over 200 built-in stitchesFernando Henrique built-in stitches or non-practising [retired] allel with alcohol prohi• aucfeed system certificate must upgrade to a practising certificate by January 6, 2012 Cardoso of Brazil, bition• inincludes the U.S. in feet the all quilt in order to retain a teaching certificate. Cesar Gaviria of 1920s and early 1930s) have very little effect on Colombia and Ernesto holders who have not paid the $ $120 00 $ made 00 Non-practising certificate $ 00 00 $ in the main drugZedillo of Mexico policy practising fee or $60 top-up fee to the College by January 6, 2012 will a joint public statement importing nations. lose their certificates under legislation upon the College’s transition to that drug prohibition Many politicians the new Teacher Regulation Branch in early January. After January 6, former 99 built-in stitches including alphabet 30 built-in stitches had failed in 2009 — there know the war on BC College of Teachers members who held these certificates would be required to large 10” opening after they had all left drugs is futile and stureapply for new certificates under the requirements in place at the time of application. pid, but the political cost office. $ the herd 00and 00 who hold non-practising certificates but are currently in receipt of LTD $ Members Gradually, Latin of leaving benefits are exempt from this change. saying so out loud is too American leaders are $ 00 losing their fear of high. Washington. The political leaders For more information visit our website at www.bcct.ca Last year, Mexican who are starting to say President Felipe it’s time to end the war Calderon called for a and legalize the drugs debate on the legalizaare almost all in the producer nations, where tion of the drug trade, the damage has been far although he carefully graver than in the drugstressed he was against importing countries. the idea. In practice, therefore, (Then why did you they are almost all Latin bring it up, Felipe?) American leaders — Now, Santos has Friday, November 25 but, even there, they come out, still cauhave waited until they tiously, to say that he 9:00 am - 5:00 pm left office to make their would consider legalviews known. izing not only marijuana Former Mexican but cocaine. Up to 64% off selected items president Vicente Fox The international dissupported the U.S.-led cussion on legalization war on drugs when he that Santos wants will Janome Elna 320 -Drop-in Bobbin was in office in 2000not start tomorrow, or PRL185 -Built-in Buttonhole 2006 but, more recently, even next year, but com-One step buttonhole srp. $699 -18 built-in stitches he has condemned it as mon sense on drugs is -Drop-in bobbin an unmitigated disaster. finally getting the upper BONUS BO srp. $599 “We should consider hand over ignorance, Inludes all Inlu only only legalizing the producfear and dogmatism. quilt feet $55 value tion, sale and distribuAnd, cash-strapped tion of drugs,” he wrote governments will evenin his blog. tually realize how much “Radical prohibition the balance sheet could strategies have never be improved by taxing Janome Elna 540 -Electronic Sewing worked. legalized-drug consump4DLG Machine “Legalization does tion, rather than wasting -Electronic Sewing -50 built-in stitches Machine not mean that drugs are hundreds of billions in a -Variable speed -3/4 thread serger good,” Fox added, “but futile attempt to reduce -Needle up/down -easy rolled hems srp. $999 we have to see it as a consumption. -differential feed only only strategy to weaken and BONUS Even Santa needs help in choosing the right srp. $829 break the economic sysGwynne Dyer is a Inludes all tem that allows cartels London-based quilt feet & extention table to make huge profits, journalist whose which in turn increases articles are published over 200 built-in stitches built-in stitches their power and capacity in 45 countries. All quilt batting & thread18up to 55% off. • aucfeed system

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GWYNNE DYER World WATCH and Europe in general.” There are no such discussions, of course. Santos is being disingenuous about this; he is really trying to start a serious international debate on drug legalization, not to join one. But, the time may be ripe for such a debate, because it is now almost universally acknowledged (outside of political circles) that the “war on drugs” has been an extremely bloody failure. Twenty years ago Milton Friedman, a Nobel Prize winner, the most influential economist of the 20th century, and an icon of the right, said: “If you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel.” It is only because the government makes the drugs illegal that the criminal cartel has a highly profitable monopoly on meeting the demand. Friedman also said: “Government never has any right to interfere with an individual for that individual’s own good. The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating. We all know that over-eating causes more deaths than drugs do.” But, there are a quarter-million Americans in jail for possessing or

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