Pubdate: Mon, 23 Sep 2002
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2002 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: K.W. Arnott
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


The next time the media 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.

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

Victoria, B.C.

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