Pubdate: Fri, 20 Sep 2002
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: K. W. Arnott
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk

Queen Victoria toked

THE NEXT time you find it necessary to print that Prince Harry is reputed 
to have used marijuana, you might mention that his great-great-great-great 
grandmother, Queen Victoria, did also. According to her private secretary, 
Sir Henry Ponsonby, the Queen used it to alleviate the pain caused by her 
arthritis. Of course, in the Queen's day use was lawful and the fanatics of 
1923 had not done their silly work. I was going to write that perhaps 
Victoria was under the influence when she chose Ottawa as our nation's 
capital but she was too young at the time to have suffered from her 
late-developing arthritis.

K. W. Arnott

(If Victoria was really a stoner, wouldn't the Victorian Age have been a 
lot mellower?)
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