And of Marijuana (IV)

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.

Robert Chapman

Oakville, Ont.

Pubdate: Thu, 06 Oct 2011
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2011 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Robert Chapman