Pubdate: Sun, 28 Jul 2002
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 The Calgary Sun
Author: Matthew M. Elrod
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk.


In response to letter writer Bruce Symington, (July 24) who observed that 
when cannabis use goes up, alcohol use goes down, you asked: "Are you 
saying pot smokers don't drink?" Of course, some cannabis users also drink, 
though they tend to drink less. If we put fresh fruit on the dessert menu, 
some diners will order cake with fruit, others will order fruit instead of 
cake, while others, who would have otherwise skipped dessert, will order 
fruit alone. However, the net effect would be less cake and calories 
consumed and healthier diners. Studies in jurisdictions that have 
decriminalized cannabis found alcohol-related emergency room episodes, 
violence and traffic accidents have gone down.

Matthew M. Elrod

(You're giving us the munchies.) 
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MAP posted-by: Beth