Pubdate: Wed, 24 Jul 2002
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 The Calgary Sun
Author: Bruce Symington
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor; headline by newshawk.


In response to your parenthetical remarks at the end of Grant Duncan's 
letter of July 19.

Mr. Duncan compares the harm of alcohol and cannabis and declares 
accurately that cannabis is less damaging to the body.

Your remark insinuates that there are very few regular users of cannabis.

This is no doubt true.

Alcohol is legal and causes more harm than all the illegal drugs combined.

When cannabis is legalized, usage may go up, and if so, alcohol usage will 
probably go down.

The overall impact will be a positive one for society, as less harm will be 
done to more people.

This is a good thing, and I thank you for pointing out this fact.

Bruce Symington

Medicine Hat

(Are you saying pot smokers don't drink?) 
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