Pubdate: Mon, 19 May 2003
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2003 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Kirk I. Tousaw
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor


David Taylor-Young complains The Sun's recent articles about marijuana were 
biased because he "saw virtually nothing about the harmful health effects 
of marijuana and not a word about the fact it is a powerful, 
psychologically addictive drug which has extremely debilitating effects on 
chronic smokers."

Well, perhaps that is because all the science demonstrates marijuana has 
virtually no harmful health effects, is not addictive and has only minimal 
consequences for chronic smokers (who comprise a very small portion of 
total users).

There is plenty of research out there that Taylor-Young can find (but I 
suggest staying away from U.S. sites funded by drug warriors, the 
information tends to be biased). Perhaps the recent report of the Special 
Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs would be a good place to start.

Kirk I. Tousaw

Policy Director

B.C. Civil Liberties Association

(Who to believe? Each side claims the other's research is biased.)
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