Re: Pot Dangers ( III ), letter, Oct. 4; Marijuana Has No Place In Society, letter, Sept. 30; A Misguided Sense Of Justice, letter, Sept. 28.
Some of the U.S. hysteria about marijuana seems to be rubbing off on Canadians. I don’t doubt Dr. Henry T. Chuang’s sincerity in opposing its use, but I think the problems he refers to would pale in comparison to those caused by alcohol in his city.
I am a middle-aged male business owner who experimented with pot then left it behind with my youth. I never thought about it again. But almost a decade ago, I had an acute back injury that left me, temporarily, unable to sleep, with no appetite and in a lot of pain. I did not want to use the Oxycodone I had been prescribed. A friend of a friend brought in some marijuana and suggested I try it. I was amazed. The pain subsided and I ate a huge meal. Then I went to bed and had the first good sleep I’d had in weeks.
I haven’t smoked it since, but that episode proved to me that there is both a need and place for marijuana in our society and it’s beyond time that it should be legalized and regulated. Demonizing and further criminalizing it is unjust and counterproductive.
Pubdate: Thu, 06 Oct 2011
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Robert Chapman