Pubdate: Mon, 30 Dec 2002
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2002 Calgary Herald
Author: Bruce Symington


Re: "Problems with pot," Letter, Dec. 23.

Jean-Pierre Allard alludes to "potentially injurious effects, especially on 
youth," yet fails to state what those amorphous injuries might be, nor to 
cite supporting documentation. That is because the "injuries" consist 
mainly of a little coughing and wheezing. There are no studies which he can 
quote which state otherwise.

Then he states that "unlike alcohol" pot-smoking can be practised any time, 
any place and inconspicuously. Yet taking a nip from a flask is much more 
concealable than rolling a joint and smoking it. Allard states smoking pot 
and driving is just as perilous as drinking and driving. I put my faith 
more in valid studies than hysterical letters like Allard's, and so should 
the rest of us.

Bruce Symington

Medicine Hat
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