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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Canada warned to avoid U.S. drug laws

Winnipeg Sun, Canada

VANCOUVER -- Governments in Canada should steer completely clear from adopting or emulating any drug policies in the United States, an outspoken New York state prosecutor said yesterday.

"My advice to Canada is stay as completely far away from U.S. drug law policy as possible," said David Soares, the district attorney for Albany County in the state of New York. "You (Canada) are headed in the right direction."

In a scathing condemnation of his state and country's ineffective drug war, Soares said lawmakers, judges and prosecutors in the U.S. know their system is ineffective. But they support it because it provides law enforcement officials with lucrative jobs.

The vast majority of people incarcerated are young African-American and Hispanic males, he said after a speech at the 17th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm.


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