Pubdate: Wed, 11 Sep 2002
Source: Halifax Herald (CN NS)
Copyright: 2002 The Halifax Herald Limited
Author: Matthew M. Elrod


Dear Editor:

Re: "Pot panned" (Sept. 9).

Letter writer S.A. Campbell asked, "Am I reading this correctly? The 
government is actually considering legalizing pot? What about all the 
negative research about second-hand smoke and the huge campaign to stamp 
out smoking?" The answers are no, no and read the report.

I see no conflict between recognizing that tobacco is a public health 
problem and treating it as such, and recognizing that excessive cannabis 
use is a public health problem and treating it as such.

The question is not "How can the government possibly consider these as two 
separate issues?" but rather, "Why does the government continue to treat 
them as two separate issues?"

Matthew M. Elrod, Victoria, B.C.
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